Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Agriculture

Agriculture field of degree. Employment: 627,210. Median annual wage: $52,000.

Agriculture field of degree. Employment: 627,210. Median annual wage: $52,000

Table 1. Agriculture degree, 2019.

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Table 1. Agriculture degree, 2019
Data Agriculture All fields

Employment

627,210 56,820,460

Median wage

52,000 60,000

Percent employed part time

13 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

42 61

Percent with an advanced degree

27 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Chart 1. Types of agriculture majors, 2019.

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Chart 1. Types of agriculture majors, 2019
Agriculture majors Major share

Animal Sciences

26%

Agriculture Production And Management

20

General Agriculture

19

Plant Science And Agronomy

16

Agricultural Economics

7

Other

12

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with an agriculture degree, by occupational group, 2019.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with an agriculture degree, by occupational group, 2019
Occupational group Occupational group share

Management occupations

23%

Sales and related occupations

11

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

9

Educational instruction and library occupations

8

Business and financial operations occupations

7

Other

42

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with an agriculture degree.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with an agriculture degree
Occupational Outlook Handbook profile Percent growth, projected 2020–30 Typical entry-level education Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2019 Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2019

Postsecondary teachers

24% See How to Become One 2% 73%

Veterinarians

17 Doctoral or professional degree 4 100

Soil and plant scientists

10 Bachelor's degree 2 35

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

7 Bachelor's degree 5 20

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

5 No formal educational credential 2 1

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

4 High school diploma or equivalent 3 8

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

-1 High school diploma or equivalent 9 4

Retail salespersons

-1 No formal educational credential 2 3

Chief executives

-6 Bachelor's degree 2 30

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

-6 High school diploma or equivalent 2 5

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Agriculture,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/agriculture/agriculture-field-of-degree.htm (visited January 06, 2022).

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