Area

Employer


Area:

Education

Sub-Area:
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Administration
  • Student Affairs Including:
    • Admissions and Recruitment
    • Career Services
    • Academic Advising
    • Student Activities/Organizations
Employers:
  • Secondary schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Vocational and technical schools

Area:

Extension

Sub-Area:
  • Agricultural Extension
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • 4-H and Youth Development Education
  • Economic and Community Development
Employers:
  • Cooperative Extension System (national)
  • Extension services within states

Area:

Agricultural Leadership

Sub-Area:
  • Sales
  • Management
  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Training
  • Management Consulting
  • Policy Development
  • Governmental Relations
  • Community Development
  • Informal Education
Employers:
  • Agribusiness firms
  • Production industries
  • Food retailers and wholesalers
  • Food processors
  • Farm equipment manufacturers
  • Trade and breed associations
  • Insurance firms
  • Financial institutions
  • Market analysis firms
  • Consulting firms
  • Local, state and federal government including:
    • Forestry Service
    • Department of Agriculture
    • National and state parks and reserves
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Professional associations
  • Youth organizations
  • Foundations, museums, nature centers, zoos

Area:

Agricultural Science/Communication

Sub-Area:
  • Agricultural Communication:
    • Journalism
    • Public Relations
    • Electronic Media
    • Technical/Scientific Writing
    • Advertising Sales
    • Photography
  • Agricultural Planning and Assessment
  • Agricultural Promotion and Consulting
Employers:
  • Local, state and federal government including:
    • Forestry Service
    • Department of Agriculture
    • National and state parks and reserves
  • Professional associations
  • Agribusiness firms
  • Financial institutions
  • Youth organizations
  • Foundations, museums, nature centers, zoos
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Wildlife organizations
  • Agricultural magazines and websites
  • Newspapers and other publications
  • Farm radio and television stations
  • Advertising and public relations firms
  • Consulting firms

General Information and Strategies

  • Agricultural and Natural Resource Leadership, Education, and Communications provides a broad background for working in the agricultural and natural resources industry.
  • For entry-level positions, a bachelor's degree is sufficient. A master's or doctoral degree is often necessary for advancement. Some federal and private agency work, consulting positions, and research positions require a graduate degree.
  • Teacher certification is required for public school teaching and exact requirements vary by state.
  • Obtain volunteer, part-time, summer, internship, or co-op experience in field of study.
  • Develop excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Join a student club or student professional association to network and cultivate related academic interests. Groups related to agriculture include: Collegiate FFA, Collegiate 4-H, Alpha Zeta, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS).
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow professionals who have jobs that interest you.