Agribusiness Operations
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Overview
Agribusiness operations is a program that prepares individuals to manage agricultural businesses and agriculturally related operations within diversified corporations. includes instruction in agriculture, agricultural specialization, business management, accounting, finance, marketing, planning, human resources management, and other managerial responsibilities.
Current award levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in agribusiness operations at each level last year.
01K2K3K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year Certificate2-4 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeMaster's Degree
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all agribusiness operations graduates from this last academic year. We found a lower percentage of international graduates than in 62% 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 92% of other programs.
Gender
Of all people with any degree in agribusiness operations earned in the last academic year, 40% were women.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage women
This is a lower percentage of women than 65% of other programs.
Salary
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in agriculture production and management, which includes agribusiness operations and 6 other programs.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in agriculture production and management have a median salary of $56,812.
Context: Benefit of a master's
About 14% of these bachelor's graduates also have a graduate degree, perhaps in a different field. Salaries improved by approximately 27% over those holding only the bachelor's degree for those with subsequent graduate degrees.
Employment
As with our salary data, this data applies to all who earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture production and management, which consists of 7 programs.
Context: Unemployment Rate
With an unemployment rate of 1.8%, 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 20% of workers who earned a bachelor's in agriculture production and management are self-employed.
Top careers
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Agriculture Production and Management (which combines 7 programs), perhaps followed by additional education in any field. There is a fun exploration of related degrees and careers under Explore Careers below.
Similar programs
Following are related programs, ordered by those with the highest number of completions. You can explore a full list in the last section for programs below.
Completions History
Salary and Employment for Majors
Understanding this data
This section's data is for bachelor's recipients of several programs including agribusiness operations

This section is informed by household surveys collected for the American Community Survey (ACS). For each person in the households surveyed, we learn about their college major (if applicable), final educational attainment, age, occupation, salary, and more. Using the ACS data lets us share something about what financial and career outcomes people can expect after majoring in a particular field in college.

Within our program pages, Ididio details over 1700 programs. However, the ACS surveys only report on 170 college major degrees. There is no published crosswalk between the programs and degrees. Some of the programs we describe are mostly offered as certificates or graduate programs, and don't make sense as college majors. For the remaining programs, we created a mapping to the best-fitting ACS degree designation.

We placed agribusiness operations within the ACS agriculture production and management degree designation, which contains a total of 7 programs.

All of the data that follows is for individuals who earned a bachelor's degree with a major in the degree agriculture production and management. While we compile data on those who also received graduate education, unfortunately ACS does not record the subject area for graduate degrees.

Programs included in the ACS agriculture production and management degree
Agricultural Business and Management
Farm and Ranch Management
Agricultural Business Technology
Specialized Agricultural Business and Management
Agricultural Production Operations
Agricultural and Extension Education Services
Agribusiness Operations
Employment overview
Percentage of agriculture production and management bachelor's graduates who are working

Does getting a bachelor's degree in agriculture production and management lead to a secure job? The donut chart shows the percentage agriculture production and management 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 10.2% of agriculture production and management graduates are currently not working. However, only 1.8% are classified as "unemployed," while 8.4% 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.

90%
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 agriculture production and management 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.

1.8%0.0%1.0%2.0%3.0%4.0%5.0%
Salary overview
Typical salaries for agriculture production and management majors

How does the median (middle) salary for agriculture production and management 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
$56,812$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 agriculture production and management 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.

$60K$49K$53K$56K$38K$80K$61K$57K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KPrivate for-profit (62.3% )Private not-for-profit (4.8% )Local government (5.1% )State government (4.4% )Self Emp. Not Incorp. (10.9% )Federal government (3.1% )Self Emp. Incoporated (9.3% )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 agriculture production and management majors

The donut chart shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in agriculture production and management. 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 (79%)
Women (21%)
Context: Gender representation

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

21%79%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Distribution: salaries by gender

The chart below shows the distribution of salaries by gender of agriculture production and management 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.

$61K$48K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity

For agriculture production and management graduates, men generally earn 28% more than women. This is near the middle of salary differentials within each program's graduates.

28%28%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Age and Advancement
Insights from the ages of agriculture production and management bachelor's-holders

The ages of people in the US with a bachelor's degree in agriculture production and management 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 agriculture production and management graduates who are working 35 or more hours weekly. Is there room for advancement in careers that stem from this degree?

$45K$67K$72K$66K$56K$31K$68K$71K$64K$0$50K$100K$150KSalaries by age20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
05K10K15KNumber 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 agriculture production and management majors earn a high salary without obtaining a graduate degree? Below, we dive into the prevalence of graduate degrees for agriculture production and management majors, and we explore how much a graduate degree can be expected to increase salaries. Among all agribusiness operations completions reported last year, 78% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 2% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in agribusiness operations
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 agribusiness operations today. Now we'll use American Community Survey (ACS) data and look at all workers in the US who majored in agriculture production and management when in college.

We know that about 14% agriculture production and management majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of agriculture production and management majors also earned a graduate degree is near the middle in comparison to other fields.

14%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: agriculture production and management majors' salaries by education level

We saw above that 14% earned a graduate degree after earning a bachelor's in agriculture production and management, 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 agriculture production and management by their highest education attained. Remember, we only know the field for the bachelor's degree; the graduate degree can be in any field.

$55K$70K$84K$61K$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?

27%11%53%0%50%100%150%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to Research DoctorateBachelor's to Professional Doctorate
Explore Careers
Careers for agriculture production and management majors
Careers for agriculture production and management majors

As we explained at the start of the previous section "Salary and Employment for Majors", the career data in all of these tabs is supported by the American Community Survey (ACS), which provides career information based on the broad degree agriculture production and management. For of the career statistics we report here, we consider all bachelor-holders in agribusiness operations and 6 other programs to fall under the ACS data we aggregated for the agriculture production and management degree.

Here we look at ACS survey respondents across the US with a bachelor's degree in agriculture production and management, 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 agribusiness operations. 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
11.3%
Managers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$72K
5.5%
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives
$0$200K$61K
4.2%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
$0$200K$39K
3.2%
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
$0$200K$59K
2.5%
Grounds maintenance workers
$0$200K$23K
2.4%
Retail salespersons
$0$200K$31K
2.4%
Chief executives and legislators
$0$200K$96K
2.3%
Agricultural workers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$21K
2.3%
Credit counselors and loan officers
$0$200K$54K
2.0%
General and operations managers
$0$200K$67K
2.0%
Financial managers
$0$200K$68K
1.9%
Marketing and sales managers
$0$200K$74K
1.8%
Elementary and middle school teachers
$0$200K$51K
1.7%
First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers
$0$200K$39K
1.6%
Customer service representatives
$0$200K$32K
1.3%
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
$0$200K$41K
1.3%
Accountants and auditors
$0$200K$60K
1.1%
Lawyers, judges, and magistrates
$0$200K$93K
1.0%
Construction managers
$0$200K$66K
1.0%
Other routes to the top ten careers
Other majors that are hired by the top ten agriculture production and management careers

Take a minute with this sankey diagram, and use your mouse/touch to explore. You can follow the top ten jobs held by agriculture production and management 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 GovernmentMarketingFinanceCommunicationsEnglish Language and LiteratureArchitectureCriminal Justice and Fire ProtectionPhysical Fitness, Parks, Recreation, and LeisureHistoryGeneral EducationAgricultural ManagersManagers (specializedareas)Wholesale andmanufacturing salesrepresentativesFirst-line supervisors ofretail sales workersGeneral and operationsmanagersGrounds maintenanceworkersRetail salespersonsChief executives andlegislatorsFinancial managersCredit counselors and loanofficersAll others
Jobs that choose agriculture production and management majors
What careers hire agriculture production and management 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 agriculture production and management 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 agriculture production and management 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 scientistsAll other careersAgriculture Production andManagementAll other degrees
Where can I complete this program?
What schools offer this program?
Explore schools that offer agribusiness operations 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
Abilene Christian University
TX
3,520
17.0
$27,175
81%
64%
American Samoa Community College
AS
916
14.8
$4,386
37%
Angelo State University
TX
6,219
24.2
$11,742
67%
43%
Arkansas State University - Beebe
AR
2,849
26.1
$7,930
56%
27%
Arkansas State University - Main Campus
AR
8,936
24.2
$13,420
55%
47%
Arkansas Tech University
AR
8,340
24.4
$11,510
59%
49%
Augusta Technical College
GA
3,255
24.5
$9,100
24%
31%
Bainbridge State College
GA
1,675
30.5
$3,262
26%
18%
Bakersfield College
CA
13,171
40.7
$6,645
37%
20%
Barton County Community College
KS
3,849
54.2
$9,246
50%
12%
Beaufort County Community College
NC
952
20.3
$9,819
46%
40%
Blackhawk Technical College
WI
1,633
19.0
$7,811
51%
41%
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 - Bakersfield
CA
7,567
28.7
$6,794
63%
52%
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%
College of the Desert
CA
6,887
44.7
$10,002
47%
25%
Explore similar programs

Agribusiness Operations is part of a larger collection of programs: Agriculture. Is there a different program that's close to Agribusiness Operations 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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