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Agribusiness: Degrees and Careers for Military & Veterans

Start a Great Career with an Education in Agribusiness

Agricultural Business, also referred to as Agribusiness, is an interdisciplinary field of study. All aspects of the food and fiber value chain, and all the institutions that influence it, are part of agribusiness.

Agribusiness is a diverse, encompassing field that includes:

  • Agrichemicals
  • Breeding
  • Crop production
  • Farming and contract farming
  • Distribution
  • Farm machinery
  • Processing
  • Seed supply
  • Marketing
  • Retail sales

Earning a degree in Agribusiness can be found as an Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s program. Certificate programs can also commonly be found and are a wonderful educational asset to attain.

Certificate Programs in Agribusiness

An undergraduate certificate in Agribusiness can be a great introductory program to this field of study. Students can earn an undergraduate certificate as a standalone program or in conjunction with an Associate or Bachelor’s degree. A certificate program will explore the production, protection, sales, and marketing of an agricultural product(s) to satisfy customer need.

Jobs with a Certificate in Agribusiness

Conservation Worker

Measure and improve the quality of forests. Conservation workers typically work for state and local governments or on privately owned forest lands or nurseries. Median Annual Salary: $31,000.

Purchasing Agent

Buy products and services for organizations. For purchasing agents of farm products, a certificate or degree in agriculture, agriculture production, or animal science is often beneficial. Median Annual Salary: $72,000.

GI Bill®-Approved Schools with Certificates in Agribusiness

Ready to start your Certificate in Agribusiness? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:

Allan Hancock College

Offers a wide variety of Certificates in Agribusiness. Offerings include:

    • Certificate of Accomplishment- Agribusiness: Pairing Wine and Food
    • Certificate of Achievement- Agribusiness: Viticulture
    • Certificate of Achievement- Agribusiness: Wine Business

Online Certificate Programs in Agribusiness

Fort Hays State University

Offers a fully online Certificate in Agricultural Business. This certificate can also be found as a campus-based program. Fort Hays State University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Associate Degree in Agribusiness

An Associate Degree in Agribusiness prepares students for agribusiness careers and further educational success. An Associate Degree in Agribusiness can prepare students for a wide variety of jobs including:

  • Corporate environmental management
  • Farm owner or manager
  • Financial analysis/statistics
  • Manufacturing manager
  • Marketing/advertising manager
  • Public relations manager
  • Sales manager

Jobs with an Associate Degree in Agribusiness

Agricultural Technician

Work in laboratories, processing plants, farms and ranches, greenhouses, and offices assisting agricultural and food scientists. Median Annual Salary: $42,000.

Agricultural Manager

Run establishments that produce crops, livestock, or dairy products. Median Annual Salary: $68,000.

GI Bill®-Approved Schools with Associate Degrees in Agribusiness

Ready to start your Associate Degree in Agribusiness? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:

Allan Hancock College

Offers a wide variety of Associate Degrees in Agribusiness. Offerings include:

    • Associate in Arts in Agribusiness: Enology/Viticulture
    • Associate in Science in Agribusiness
    • Associate in Arts in Agribusiness: Viticulture
    • Associate in Arts in Agribusiness: Wine Business

Dyersburg State Community College

Offers an Associate Degree in Agriculture with an Agricultural Business emphasis. This program is designed for students that will continue their studies at a 4-year bachelor degree seeking institution.

Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness

An undergraduate degree in Agribusiness will provide students with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary education. Students can individualize their studies based on interests and future career goals. Popular specialties include:

  • farm management
  • commodity procurement
  • marketing
  • labor and personnel management
  • public policy
  • global food issues

Upon graduation, students can choose to enter the workforce and/or pursue further education by earning a graduate degree.

Jobs with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness

Forester

Manage the overall land quality of forests, parks, rangelands, and other natural resources. Foresters work for governments (federal, state, and local), on privately owned lands, or in social advocacy organizations. Median Annual Salary: $64,000.

Agricultural Manager

Run establishments that produce crops, livestock, and dairy products. Median Annual Salary: $68,000.

Agricultural Scientist

Research ways to improve the efficiency and safety of agricultural establishments and products. Median Annual Salary: $69,000.

Agricultural Engineer

Solve problems concerning power supplies, machine efficiency, the use of structures and facilities, pollution and environmental issues, and the storage and processing of agricultural products. Median Annual Salary: $84,000.

GI Bill®-Approved Schools with Bachelor’s Degrees in Agribusiness

Ready to start your Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:

Michigan State University

Offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Agribusiness Management. Michigan State participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Online Agribusiness Bachelor’s Programs

Buena Vista University

Offers an online Bachelor’s in Agricultural Business. This degree is also offered as a campus-based program. Buena Vista University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Fort Hays State University

Offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business. This can also be found as a campus-based degree program. Fort Hays State University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Master’s Degree in Agribusiness

A Master’s Degree in Agribusiness is a popular choice for those seeking to become an expert in their field. A graduate degree in Agribusiness is also a great choice for those choosing to focus on research or teaching Agribusiness courses.

Jobs with a Master’s Degree in Agribusiness

Postsecondary Teacher

Instruct students in Agribusiness courses beyond the high school level. Median Annual Salary: $80,000.

Top Executive

Plan strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. Median Annual Salary: $105,000.

Purchasing Manager

Oversee the work of buyers and purchasing agents that buy products and services for organizations. Median Annual Salary: $126,000.

Online Agribusiness Master’s Programs

Ready to start your Master’s Degree in Agribusiness? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:

Kansas State University Online

Offers a Master of Agribusiness. This program is a flexible, online, business-focused graduate degree for food, animal health, and agribusiness professionals. There are some in-person, residential campus sessions required. Kansas State University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

*All statistics and calculations from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information click here.

 

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Born in SoCal yet raised Tampa, Florida - Leah earned her undergraduate BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Leah earned her MA in the MALAS at San Diego State University, while also completing a graduate teaching certificate in English for Secondary Education. An avid traveler, she has visited more than 60 countries. With the birth of her son Spencer in 2012, Leah embarked on her biggest adventure (yet) as parent and Coast Guard wife.