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

Strategies & Information:

  • Obtain teacher certification for public school positions.
  • Plan to earn a master's degree to work in college student affairs or university administration. Earn a Ph.D. to teach at the university level.
  • Develop excellent writing and speaking skills.
  • Learn to work well with all types of people and build strong interpersonal skills.
  • Seek leadership positions in campus organizations related to agricultural science, natural resources, or agricultural education such as Future Farmers of America (FFA).
  • Gain practical experience in the area of agriculture.
  • Work with youth through volunteer positions or summer jobs with camps, 4-H programs, scouts, YMCA's, YWCA's, and other nonprofit organizations.

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

Strategies & Information:

  • Gain experience working with children and adults of varying ages.
  • Participate in organizations such as 4-H or FFA and seek leadership roles.
  • Develop strong communication skills, particularly public speaking and group presenting, because extension agents must effectively deliver information to people.
  • Take courses in economics and community development.
  • Demonstrate high energy and good problem solving abilities.
  • Be willing to live in rural communities and to travel within the county. Prepare to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Earn a master's degree to qualify for higher level positions.

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

Strategies & Information:

  • Choose an area of interest, e.g. business, government, or community development, and gain relevant experience through internships, volunteer positions, or summer jobs.
  • Get involved in campus organizations and student professional associations such as Alpha Zeta agricultural honor society. Assume leadership roles.
  • Learn to work effectively in teams, but also develop strong leadership qualities.
  • Become a strong communicator and learn to relate well with people from all backgrounds.
  • Develop physical stamina, resourcefulness, and outdoor skills for some informal education positions.

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

Strategies & Information:

  • Earn a minor or take additional courses in areas such as journalism, advertising, or graphic design.
  • Build strong communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Work for campus or local newspapers, radio, or television stations.
  • Participate in related student organizations and seek leadership positions. Volunteer to write newsletters or maintain the website.
  • Get involved with the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.
  • Gain relevant experience through internships, summer jobs, or volunteer positions.
  • Learn to work well with various computer programs including desktop publishing and web design.
  • Be willing to relocate for greater opportunities.

General Information and Strategies