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Agricultural Production

115 Master's Degrees Annually
42 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#231 in Popularity (Master's)
$70,630 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Agricultural Production Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many agricultural production graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 115
Doctor’s Degree 42
Graduate Certificate 6

What Agricultural Production Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, agricultural production majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Agricultural Production Majors

Agricultural Production majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Agricultural Production Majors

agricultural production majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Agricultural Production Majors

A major in agricultural production will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Agricultural Production Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with agricultural production:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Agricultural Sciences Professors 7.9% $84,640
Animal Breeders 2.2% $37,060
Farm and Home Management Advisors 7.7% $49,840
First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers 2.1% $46,960
First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers 2.1% $46,960
First-Line Supervisors of Aquacultural Workers 2.1% $46,960
Food Scientists and Technologists 5.9% $65,300
Forestry & Conservation Science Professors 4.5% $86,900
Soil and Plant Scientists 9.0% $63,950
Soil and Water Conservationists 6.3% $61,310

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Production?

115 Master's Degrees Annually
60% Percent Women
17% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major is dominated by women with about 60% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of agricultural production majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Agricultural Production Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 3
Hispanic or Latino 13
White 73
International Students 18
Other Races/Ethnicities 7

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Agricultural Production, too. About 15.7% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • Ecuador
  • Canada
  • Ghana

How Much Do Agricultural Production Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $52,700 to $79,940 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to agricultural production. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for an Agricultural Production Major  ( 52700 to 79940 )
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Some degrees associated with agricultural production may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to agricultural production have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 1.4%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 16.0%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 7.4%
Some College Courses 4.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 5.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 28.6%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 1.0%
Master’s Degree 11.0%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.7%
Doctoral Degree 17.1%
Post-Doctoral Training 7.0%

Online Agricultural Production Programs

In 2018-2019, 255 schools offered a agricultural production program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 134 11
Certificate (1-2 years) 125 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 5 0
Associate’s Degree 205 3
Bachelor’s Degree 3 1
Post-Baccalaureate 134 11
Master’s Degree 18 3
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 6 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Agricultural Production Worth It?

The median salary for a agricultural production grad is $70,630 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 77% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $614,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to agricultural production.

Major Number of Grads
Agricultural Economics & Business 8,910
Animal Science 7,814
Horticulture 4,451
General Agriculture 3,551
Plant Sciences 3,278
Food Science Technology 2,222
Agricultural Mechanization 1,537
Agricultural Public Services 774
Other Agriculture 551
Soil Sciences 434
Food Processing 244
International Agriculture 141

References

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