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Agricultural Public Services

126 Master's Degrees Annually
17 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#227 in Popularity (Master's)
$52,700 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Agricultural Public Services Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 126
Doctor’s Degree 17

What Agricultural Public Services Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to agricultural public services and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Agricultural Public Services Majors

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

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • 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.

Skills for Agricultural Public Services Majors

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

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  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Agricultural Public Services Majors

As you progress with your agricultural public services degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

What Can You Do With a Agricultural Public Services Major?

People with a agricultural public services degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians 12.8% $43,770
Farm and Home Management Advisors 7.7% $49,840
Graphic Designers 4.2% $50,370

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Public Services?

126 Master's Degrees Annually
77% Percent Women
10% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major is dominated by women with about 77% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Agricultural Public Services Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 7
Hispanic or Latino 2
White 110
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 5

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Agricultural Public Services, too. About 1.6% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • El Salvador
  • China
  • Nigeria

How Much Do Agricultural Public Services Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of agricultural public services students with a master’s degree is $41,000 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $41,000 (25th percentile) and $41,000 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in agricultural public services, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Agricultural Public Services majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $48,940 to $54,680 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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 Public Services Major  ( 48940 to 54680 )
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Some careers associated with agricultural public services require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for agricultural public services careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 7.2%
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) 6.9%
Some College Courses 3.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 7.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 51.2%
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 18.8%
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. 2.0%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 1.0%
Doctoral Degree 2.0%

Online Agricultural Public Services Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 schools offered some type of agricultural public services program. 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) 1 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 6 0
Bachelor’s Degree 2 1
Post-Baccalaureate 1 0
Master’s Degree 13 5
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Agricultural Public Services Worth It?

The median salary for a agricultural public services grad is $52,700 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 32% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $256,000 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Plant Sciences 972
Animal Science 719
Food Science Technology 704
Agricultural Economics & Business 650
General Agriculture 327
Soil Sciences 164
Agricultural Production 163
International Agriculture 62
Other Agriculture 56
Horticulture 14
Agricultural Mechanization 1
Food Processing 0

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