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Future Farmers of America! Degrees in Agriculture for Military and Veterans

Many people dream of a rural lifestyle and returning to a simpler, less chaotic way of life. Perhaps a small farm, or a bigger one! A Degree in Agriculture is a great opportunity for those wishing to enter this field either as an academic accomplishment or simply to support their own future agricultural ventures. Along with becoming self-sufficient in your own agricultural dreams, earning a degree in agriculture can lead to a variety of careers including:

  • soil science
  • conservation
  • agricultural biology
  • entomology
  • plant biotechnology
  • environmental protection of water, farmlands, open space, and landscaped areas.

Looking to explore agriculture from the business side of things? A Degree in Agribusiness (or Agricultural Business) is the perfect degree for those wishing to learn about the business of agriculture. All aspects of the food and fiber value chain, and all the institutions that influence it, are part of agribusiness. For information on an Agribusiness Degree click here.

Certificate in Agriculture

Agriculture employment opportunities are plentiful. There is a great demand for skilled workers in positions that provide competitive wages and rewarding work experiences. A Certificate in Agriculture is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to go directly into agriculture-related employment and/or to support those seeking additional training to advance in their current agriculture job.

A comprehensive certificate program provides hands-on learning with practical classroom instruction. Students should also be offered guidance toward both career and college pathways.

GI Bill-approved Schools Offering an Agriculture Certificate

Allan Hancock College Offers a wide variety of Degrees and Certificates in Agriculture including an A.S. in Agricultural Plant Science, A.S. in Agricultural Science, Certificate in Pest Control Advisor, and Certificate in Crop Protection. Allan Hancock College has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, and awards credit for the CLEP and DSST exams . Allan Hancock College is a MyCAA approved school and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

College of the Redwoods- Offers several Associate Degrees and Certificates including General Agriculture, Plant Science for Transfer, Horticulture & Landscape Practices, and Organic/Sustainable Agriculture. College of the Redwoods has GI Bill approved programs and offers credit for military experience.

Associate Degree in Agriculture

An Associate Degree in Agriculture offers students an introduction in agriculture courses along with hands-on courses and experiences to help students explore and better understand the varied aspects of agriculture.

An introductory agriculture program emphasizes the basic disciplines of soil, water, air, plant, and livestock resources.

Jobs with an Associate Degree in Agriculture

Agricultural Worker- Maintain crops and tend livestock. Median Annual Salary: $29,000.

Farm and Ranch Workers- Attend to live farm, ranch, open range, or aquacultural animals. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, milking, etc. May examine animals to detect diseases and injuries, assist in birth deliveries, administer medications, and maintain animal housing areas. Median Annual Salary: $36,000.

Agricultural and Food Science Technician- Assist agricultural and food scientists. Agricultural and food science technicians work in laboratories, processing plants, farms and ranches, greenhouses, and offices. Median Annual Wage: $42,000.

Farm Labor ContractorsRecruit and hire seasonal or temporary agricultural laborers. May transport, house, and provide meals for workers. Median Annual Wage: $50,000.

GI Bill-approved Schools Offering an Agriculture Associates Degree

Pasadena City College- Offers an Associate in Science in Agriculture Plant Science. Pasadena City College Pasadena City College has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, and awards credit for the CLEP exam. Pasadena City College is a MyCAA approved school and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

University of North Georgia- Offers Associate of Science Degrees in Agriculture, Agriculture-Avian Biology, Agriculture-Poultry Science. University of North Georgia has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, awards credit for the CLEP and DSST exams, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. University of North Georgia is a MyCAA approved school and University of North Georgia proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Bachelor’s in Agriculture

A Bachelor’s in Agriculture builds a strong foundation in this field of study. Programs explore agriculture through a variety of lenses including:

  • sustainability
  • environment
  • economics
  • the food cycle
  • farm-to-table movement
  • high-tech influences
  • sustainable practices

Students may also have the opportunity to explore specialties such as:

  • Livestock
  • Leadership
  • Extension education
  • Farm & ranch management
  • Agriculture leadership education and training
  • Agriculture management

After earning a Bachelor’s in Agriculture, many students choose to pursue employment in the field. There is also opportunity to continue one’s studies and continue on to earn a graduate degree.

Jobs with a Bachelor’s in Agriculture

Research Assistant- Assist in laboratory, survey, and other research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist analysis, quality control, or data management. Median Annual Wage: $54,000.

Farm Management Educators- Instruct and advise individuals and families engaged in agriculture and/or agricultural-related processes. May instruct on either agricultural issues such as agricultural processes and techniques, pest management, food safety, budgeting, and nutrition. Median Annual Salary: $55,000.

Home Management Educators- Instruct and advise individuals and families engaged in agriculture and/ or home management activities. May instruct on home management issues such as budgeting, nutrition, and child development. Median Annual Salary: $55,000.

Farm or Ranch Manager- Operate establishments that produce crops, livestock, and dairy products. Median Annual Salary: $68,000.

GI Bill-approved Schools Offering an Agriculture Bachelor’s Degree

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

Buena Vista University- Offers two campus based degrees in Agricultural Science and Agricultural Education. BVA also offers a fully online Bachelor’s in Agricultural Studies. Buena Vista University has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, and awards credit for both the CLEP and DSST exams. Buena Vista University is a MyCAA approved school and is approved for Tuition Assistance. Buena Vista University proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

University of Arizona- Offers a Bachelor’s of Science in:

    • Agricultural Systems Management
    • Agricultural Technology Management and Education
    • Agricultural Technology Management and Education: Leadership and Communication Emphasis
    • Agricultural Technology Management and Education: Teaching Emphasis

University of Arizona is a GI Bill® approved school, offers credit for military experience, awards credit for the CLEP and DSST exams, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. The University of Arizona proudly 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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