Agricultural Economics
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Overview
Agricultural economics is a program that focuses on the application of economics to the analysis of resource allocation, productivity, investment, and trends in the agricultural sector, both domestically and internationally. includes instruction in economics and related subfields as well as applicable agricultural fields.
Highlights
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($78K) with a Bachelor's Degree: Cornell University
Career with the highest median salary ($118K) where most workers have a Bachelor's Degree: Industrial and Health/Safety Engineers
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Careers for program graduates
Agricultural economics majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Farmers, Ranchers, and Other A...Specialized ManagersChief executives and legislato...Wholesale and Manufacturing Sa...Financial ManagersFirst-Line Supervisors of Reta...Loan OfficersLawyers, and judges, magistrat...First-Line Supervisors of Non-...Accountants and AuditorsPostsecondary TeachersRetail SalespersonsGeneral and Operations Manager...Personal Financial AdvisorsMarketing ManagersSpecialized Agricultural Worke...First-Line Supervisors of Offi...Appraisers and Assessors of Re...Securities, Commodities, and F...Management AnalystsSales Managers
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Current completions
What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
01K2K3K0-1 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeMaster's DegreeResearch Doctorate
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Completions over time
Have completions for agricultural economics changed over time? Increasing completions may mean you'll likely have an easier time finding a school that offers this degree, with the opposite being true as well.
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Number of graduates
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Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in agricultural economics doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field agricultural business and management, which includes agricultural economics.
Median starting salaries
$35K$44K$0$20K$40K$60KBachelor'sAssociate's
Median cumulative loan amount
$12K$19K$0$10K$20K$30KBachelor'sAssociate's
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How does the median (middle) salary for agricultural economics majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
$70K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Distribution: agricultural economics majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's inagricultural economics by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
$66K$79K$109K$94K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KBachelor'sMaster'sDoctorateProfessional
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in agricultural economics
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
Education level of workers
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 27% of agricultural economics majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of agricultural economics majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 56% of other fields.
27%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
20%66%44%0%20%40%60%80%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional
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Careers for agricultural economics majors
Where do agricultural economics majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in agricultural economics
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by agricultural economics graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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Farmers, Ranchers, a...Specialized ManagersChief executives and...Wholesale and Manufa...Financial ManagersLoan OfficersFirst-Line Superviso...Lawyers, and judges,...First-Line Superviso...Accountants and Audi...All othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer agricultural economics degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
Understanding the columns

The school list includes 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.

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Careers for agricultural economics majors
agricultural economics is part of a larger collection of programs: Agriculture. Is there a different program that's close to agricultural economics 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.
Gender
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in agricultural economics earned in the last academic year, 37% were women.
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
20%80%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Context: Percentage women
This major has a lower percentage of women than 69% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
$74K$56K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity
For agricultural economics graduates, men have a 31% higher median salary than women, This is high: 86% of programs have graduates with lower salary inequities.
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Race/Origin
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all agricultural economics graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 82% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
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Completions over time
Have completions by race/origin changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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05001K2K2K3KNumber of graduates200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
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Not Reported
Multiracial
American Indian
Asian
Hispanic
Pacific Islander
Black
White
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 75% of other programs.