Agriculture
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Overview
Agriculture is a program that focuses on the general principles and practice of agricultural research and production and that may prepare individuals to apply this knowledge to the solution of practical agricultural problems. includes instruction in basic animal, plant, and soil science; animal husbandry and plant cultivation; soil conservation; and agricultural operations such as farming, ranching, and agricultural business.
Current award levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in agriculture at each level last year.
01K2K3K4K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeMaster's DegreeResearch Doctorate
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all agriculture graduates from this last academic year. We found a lower percentage of international graduates than in 47% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 89% of other programs.
Gender
Of all people with any degree in agriculture earned in the last academic year, 48% were women.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage women
This is a lower percentage of women than 57% of other programs.
Salary
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in agriculture.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in agriculture have a median salary of $54,247.
Context: Benefit of a master's
About 26% of these bachelor's graduates also have a graduate degree, perhaps in a different field. Salaries improved by approximately 20% over those holding only the bachelor's degree for those with subsequent graduate degrees.
Employment
All of the following employment data applies to people holding a bachelor's degree in agriculture.
Context: Unemployment Rate
With an unemployment rate of 1.9%, this degree's majors who are in the workforce are more likely to be employed than the bachelor's graduates of 76% of other fields.
Context: Self Employed Workers
About 22% of workers who earned a bachelor's in agriculture are self-employed.
Top careers
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in General Agriculture, perhaps followed by additional education in any field. There is a fun exploration of related degrees and careers under Explore Careers below.
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Understanding this data
This section's data applies to people with a bachelor's degree in agriculture

This section is informed by household surveys collected by the US Census Bureau in its American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS tells us all about the individuals surveyed -- education level, age, career, salary, home, etc. -- and includes the field of degree for people who earned a bachelor's degree. All of the data that follows is for individuals who earned a bachelor's degree in general agriculture, although we're also able to see the level of education the individuals attained. All higher degrees could have been in any field.

Employment overview
Percentage of general agriculture bachelor's graduates who are working

Does getting a bachelor's degree in general agriculture lead to a secure job? The donut chart shows the percentage general agriculture majors who are working along with a broad view of where they work. We note:

  • Self-employed workers include those working in a family-owned business.
  • Government workers can be in local, state or federal governments.

Technically, about 15.7% of general agriculture graduates are currently not working. However, only 1.9% are classified as "unemployed," while 13.8% are "not in the workforce." Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing whether people are out of the workforce for personal reasons or because they have been unable to find work for an extended period.

84%
Percentage working by type of employer
Government
Federal government
State government
Local government
Self-employed
Self Emp. Incoporated
Self Emp. Not Incorp.
Private not-for-profit
Private for-profit
total
Context: Unemployment rates

This chart lets you see whether general agriculture majors have better unemployment rates than bachelor's graduates from other fields. In the shaded box plot, the percentage of unemployed with this degree is shown in blue, along with the distribution of the percentage of unemployed graduates for each bachelor's degree field.

1.9%0.0%1.0%2.0%3.0%4.0%5.0%
Salary overview
Typical salaries for general agriculture majors

How does the median (middle) salary for general agriculture majors compare to the median salaries for other majors? The chart below compares the median salaries for all bachelor's graduates by major. Here and everywhere that we discuss salary, we limit the population to those with bachelor's degrees who report working at least 35 hours a week and are aged 65 and younger.

Context: median salaries
$54,247$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000
Distribution: Salaries by Employer

Above we compared the median salaries earned across college majors. Now we'll view the full salary range for general agriculture majors. The charts below show the full distribution of salaries for this degree alone, with a look at how the type of employer might affect that salary. This salary includes all people who may also have received graduate education in this or any field. You can tease out the importance of graduate education in the last tab in the section.

$42K$56K$57K$53K$80K$54K$52K$54K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KSelf Emp. Not Incorp. (12.5% )Private for-profit (51.4% )Private not-for-profit (6.6% )Local government (6.1% )Federal government (5.0% )Self Emp. Incoporated (9.5% )State government (8.6% )Overall (100%)

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

The battle of the sexes
Gender and success for general agriculture majors

The donut chart shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in general agriculture. In the graphs that follow, we'll explore how these percentages compare to other bachelor's holders, and we'll also investigate the impact of gender on pay.

Gender
Men (78%)
Women (22%)
Context: Gender representation

How does the gender balance change according to college major? In the chart below, we see that general agriculture has more men than most other degrees.

22%78%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Distribution: salaries by gender

The chart below shows the distribution of salaries by gender of general agriculture majors who are working 35 or more hours and are 65 or younger. If salaries are balanced for men and women, the blue and pink bars will be about the same. Many programs' graduates struggle with men's wages higher at all points of the salary distribution, including significantly higher top salaries.

$58K$46K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity

For general agriculture graduates, men generally earn 26% more than women. This is near the middle of salary differentials within each program's graduates.

26%26%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Age and Advancement
Insights from the ages of general agriculture bachelor's-holders

The ages of people in the US with a bachelor's degree in general agriculture can give us a hint about whether this degree is in-fashion or out-of-fashion. A higher percentage of older people with a degree suggests that newer degree options have edged out this degree for recent graduates. Likewise, a higher percentage of younger people with a degree may suggest that this degree has become more popular in recent years.

Careeer Advancement

What entry-level pay should you expect in your first job, and is the mid-level pay significantly higher? Below we see salary distributions by age group for general agriculture graduates who are working 35 or more hours weekly. Is there room for advancement in careers that stem from this degree?

$63K$47K$42K$61K$57K$65K$62K$31K$62K$0$50K$100K$150KSalaries by age20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
05K10K15K20KNumber with major20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Need for higher degrees
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?

Can general agriculture majors earn a high salary without obtaining a graduate degree? Below, we dive into the prevalence of graduate degrees for general agriculture majors, and we explore how much a graduate degree can be expected to increase salaries. Among all agriculture completions reported last year, 77% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 10% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in agriculture
0-1 Year Certificate
1-2 Year Certificate
2-4 Year Certificate
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Postbaccalaureate Cert
Master's Degree
Post-master's Cert
Professional Deg/Doct
Research Doctorate
Other Doctorate
Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree

The donut shows the degree levels awarded in agriculture today. Now we'll use American Community Survey (ACS) data and look at all workers in the US who majored in general agriculture when in college.

We know that about 26% general agriculture majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of general agriculture majors also earned a graduate degree is near the middle in comparison to other fields.

26%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: general agriculture majors' salaries by education level

We saw above that 26% earned a graduate degree after earning a bachelor's in general agriculture, but was this necessary for earning a good salary? We can see this answer in two ways. First, we can see the salary distribution for people with a bachelor's in general agriculture by their highest education attained. Remember, we only know the field for the bachelor's degree; the graduate degree can be in any field.

$52K$62K$88K$75K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KBachelor's DegreeMaster's DegreeResearch DoctorateProfessional Deg/Doct

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Context: Percentage boost obtained with a graduate degree

The second way that we can explore the impact of higher education on salary is to compare median salaries for workers with each level of education. We measure the percentage increase over the bachelor's salary that each higher degree achieved, and contrast that with similar measurements for other fields.

Sure, we think a higher degree would almost always help salary, but are there some majors that "need" a higher degree (in either the same or a new field) more than others in order to reach their earnings potential?

20%45%69%0%50%100%150%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to Research DoctorateBachelor's to Professional Doctorate
Explore Careers
Careers for general agriculture majors
Careers for general agriculture majors

Here we look at ACS survey respondents across the US with a bachelor's degree in general agriculture, and we see their top careers. You can explore the salary distributions for all people in those careers, as well as the typical education help by workers in that job. If you see ** before the job name, that tells you that the Department of Education recommends this job for people with a degree in agriculture. We did not find always find a strong correlation between that advice and where people were working.

Career
Select any column header to sort by that column, and select any row to explore that career.
Salary
Salary distribution 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Percentage with degree who are in job
Agricultural Managers
$0$200K$39K
12.5%
Managers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$72K
5.0%
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives
$0$200K$61K
3.2%
Elementary and middle school teachers
$0$200K$51K
2.7%
Agricultural workers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$21K
2.4%
**Postsecondary teachers
$0$200K$62K
2.3%
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
$0$200K$59K
2.3%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
$0$200K$39K
2.0%
Retail salespersons
$0$200K$31K
1.8%
Chief executives and legislators
$0$200K$96K
1.8%
**Agricultural and food scientists
$0$200K$61K
1.8%
Veterinarians
$0$200K$84K
1.4%
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
$0$200K$41K
1.2%
Grounds maintenance workers
$0$200K$23K
1.2%
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
$0$200K$48K
1.1%
Credit counselors and loan officers
$0$200K$54K
1.1%
Secondary school teachers
$0$200K$53K
1.1%
Accountants and auditors
$0$200K$60K
1.1%
Real estate brokers and sales agents
$0$200K$50K
0.9%
General and operations managers
$0$200K$67K
0.9%
Other routes to the top ten careers
Other majors that are hired by the top ten general agriculture careers

Take a minute with this sankey diagram, and use your mouse/touch to explore. You can follow the top ten jobs held by general agriculture graduates, and then, in turn, you can see the largest 10 degrees hired by each of those careers. We hope this gives you a glimpse at where you can most realistically hope to get a job with this degree, but also see alternatives for the same employment options. It's worth noting that for many degrees, the top ten jobs don't account for even half of the graduates. The data warns us / encourages us that a degree is only one piece of the puzzle that determines where we land.

This Degree
Top 10 careers
Top 10 degrees hired
General AgricultureAnimal SciencesAgriculture Production and ManagementPlant Science and AgronomyBusiness Management and AdministrationGeneral BusinessAgricultural EconomicsBiologyAccountingEconomicsElectrical EngineeringMechanical EngineeringPsychologyPolitical Science and GovernmentMarketingFinanceCommunicationsElementary EducationGeneral EducationSpecial Needs EducationEnglish Language and LiteratureEarly Childhood EducationArt and Music EducationLanguage and Drama EducationHistoryLiberal ArtsMathematicsNursingChemistryPhysicsFood ScienceMultidisciplinary or General ScienceSoil ScienceEnvironmental ScienceAgricultural ManagersManagers (specializedareas)Wholesale andmanufacturing salesrepresentativesElementary and middleschool teachersPostsecondary teachersAgricultural workers(specialized areas)First-line supervisors ofnon-retail sales workersFirst-line supervisors ofretail sales workersRetail salespersonsAgricultural and foodscientistsAll others
Jobs that choose general agriculture majors
What careers hire general agriculture majors as one of their top 10?

What jobs are especially seeking you out? The previous section let you explore the top ten jobs for people who earn bachelor's degrees in this field. Now we turn the tables a bit. What jobs have general agriculture as one of the top ten majors they hire? Take this with a grain of salt, though, since some majors have more than 100,000 annual graduates and others have only a few thousand. Maybe employers would hire more of certain low-number majors if they could be found. In the bottom Sankey box, we show you the proportion of general agriculture majors that are accounted for by the top 10 jobs -- there are a myriad of other options for most majors.

Careers where this degree is a top 10 hire
Degrees
Agricultural and food scientistsConservation scientists and forestersAll other careersGeneral AgricultureAll other degrees
Where can I complete this program?
What schools offer this program?
Explore schools that offer agriculture degrees and certificates

We've created a list of schools that offer this program for the level you select. We've also chosen a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually. You can filter the list by award level and by state. Clicking on any table headers will sort the table by that column, and clicking on any row sends you to Ididio's school profile.

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School
State
Total enrollment
Student to Full-time Faculty Ratio
Average Net Price
Repayment Rate
6-year Completion Rate
Alcorn State University
MS
3,045
22.3
$13,665
33%
51%
American Samoa Community College
AS
916
14.8
$4,386
37%
Ancilla College
IN
466
24.5
$16,227
48%
38%
Andrews University
MI
1,550
12.9
$21,566
67%
48%
Angelo State University
TX
6,219
24.2
$11,742
67%
43%
Arizona Western College
AZ
5,305
43.5
$9,735
38%
18%
Austin Peay State University
TN
7,622
22.1
$13,045
56%
38%
Berea College
KY
1,711
11.5
$1,680
77%
79%
Black Hawk College
IL
3,808
38.1
$6,117
57%
21%
Blinn College
TX
13,782
35.7
$13,289
60%
10%
Butler Community College
KS
6,047
39.8
$7,871
54%
25%
Butte College
CA
7,963
53.8
$5,823
43%
28%
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
CA
19,398
22.8
$19,002
91%
78%
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona
CA
20,659
35.2
$12,634
80%
68%
California State University - Chico
CA
15,527
29.4
$14,185
76%
70%
California State University - Fresno
CA
19,206
26.9
$5,879
72%
66%
California State University - Stanislaus
CA
7,245
25.2
$6,768
72%
63%
Cameron University
OK
3,512
26.5
$8,410
58%
24%
Casper College
WY
2,488
17.8
$6,040
66%
34%
Central Texas College
TX
10,931
53.6
$5,203
47%
10%
Graduate program details
Explore agriculture graduate program details

Many schools provide information to Peterson's about their graduate programs, and Ididio has licensed that data to share with you. The data is reported by program name and subject, and we have worked to match that data with the standard "CIP" titles that are the basis of these program pages. Please be aware that only a subset of all possible graduate programs share the details about financial support and admissions numbers with Peterson's. To see a complete list of schools who have graduated students with this degree, the previous section is much more reliable; however, this is a great place to look for a hint of schools that may offer financial support. You can see more details about each school's graduate programs in the Programs Offered section within that school's Ididio page.

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Program
State
Total applicants
Percentage Admitted
Application Fee
Grad students with aid
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona
Program in Agriculture (Master of Science)
CA
40
45%
$55
Texas A & M University - Kingsville
Program in Agricultural Science (Master of Science)
TX
4
100%
$35
2
Explore similar programs

Agriculture is part of a larger collection of programs: Agriculture. Is there a different program that's close to Agriculture that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.

Program
Graduates
Award Levels
Less than Bachelor's
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Men
Women
Race/Origin
White
Minority
International
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