Career Information

The field of food and agriculture includes a wide variety of careers, and the industry is growing. The USDA estimates that between 2015 and 2020, there will be an annual average of 57,900 job openings in the fields of food, agriculture, natural resources and environment. Career opportunities include:

  • Artificial insemination and breeding organizations
  • Companion animal (boarding, breeding, training, Humane Society)
  • County extension agents
  • Department of Agriculture (research and information)
  • Department of Defense (food supply and food service)
  • Feedlot positions (manager, buyer)
  • Finance (Production Credit Associations, banks, etc.)
  • Government protection and regulatory agencies
  • Graduate school for Master's in Business Administration
  • Graduate school for Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees
  • International opportunities
  • Laboratory technicians livestock and meat market reporting (government)
  • Livestock buyers for feeders and packers
  • Livestock production operations (beef, dairy, swine, Sheep, goats, and horses)
  • Livestock publications
  • Meat inspection, grading, handling, distribution, and marketing (auctions, Cattle Fax, livestock sales management, etc.)
  • Positions in food processing, manufacturing, and ingredient plants
  • Positions in poultry production units
  • Ranch positions
  • Research (university or industry) in nutrition, reproduction, breeding and genetics, products, and production management
  • Riding instructors
  • Sales, advertising, management, and public relations positions with feed companies, packing houses, pharmaceuticals and equipment companies, etc.
  • University or college teaching
  • University extension and area extension
  • Veterinary school for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (private practice, consulting, university teaching and research)
  • Unlimited opportunities in government, education, and private sectors