Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Agriculture

Agriculture field of degree. Employment: 610,070. Median annual wage: $50,000.

Agriculture field of degree. Employment: 610,070. Median annual wage: $50,000

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Table 1. Agriculture degree, 2018

Data

Agriculture

All fields

Employment

610,070 55,381,020

Median wage

$50,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

13 15

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

41 59

Percent with an advanced degree

29 37

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

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Chart 1. Types of agriculture majors, 2018

Agriculture majors

Major share

Animal sciences

26%

Agriculture production and management

19

General agriculture

18

Plant science and agronomy

16

Food science

8

Other

12

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

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

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with an agriculture degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Management occupations

23%

Sales and related occupations

11

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

10

Educational instruction and library occupations

8

Business and financial operations occupations

8

Other

40

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

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

Table 2.

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

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

21% Doctoral or professional degree 2% 74%

Veterinarians

16 Doctoral or professional degree 4 100

Soil and plant scientists

7 Bachelor's degree 2 38

Elementary school teachers, except special education

4 Bachelor's degree 3 50

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

4 No formal educational credential 3 1

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

1 High school diploma or equivalent 3 8

Retail salespersons

-1 No formal educational credential 2 4

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

-2 Bachelor's degree 4 21

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

-5 High school diploma or equivalent 2 5

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

-6 High school diploma or equivalent 9 4

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 July 24, 2021).

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