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General Agriculture

313 Master's Degrees Annually
9 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#177 in Popularity (Master's)
$70,630 Median Salary

Types of Degrees General Agriculture Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 313
Doctor’s Degree 9
Graduate Certificate 5

What General Agriculture Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, agriculture 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 Agriculture Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these 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.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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 Agriculture Majors

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

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

Abilities for Agriculture Majors

A major in agriculture 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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a General Agriculture Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with agriculture:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Agricultural Sciences Professors 7.9% $84,640
Animal Scientists 4.9% $58,380
Food Scientists and Technologists 5.9% $65,300
Soil and Plant Scientists 9.0% $63,950

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in General Agriculture?

313 Master's Degrees Annually
64% Percent Women
23% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
The major attracts more women than men. About 64% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Agriculture Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 6
Black or African American 28
Hispanic or Latino 23
White 204
International Students 30
Other Races/Ethnicities 22

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Agriculture, too. About 9.6% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Nigeria
  • Nepal
  • India
  • South Korea

How Much Do General Agriculture Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that general agriculture students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree made a median starting salary of $44,300 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $44,300 (25th percentile) and $44,300 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to agriculture.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $67,690 to $72,570 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to agriculture. 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.

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Some degrees associated with agriculture 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 agriculture have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 0.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 24.8%
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. 2.0%
Master’s Degree 21.7%
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. 0.2%
Doctoral Degree 39.8%
Post-Doctoral Training 11.9%

Online General Agriculture Programs

In 2018-2019, 186 schools offered a agriculture 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) 23 3
Certificate (1-2 years) 14 3
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 97 10
Bachelor’s Degree 2 0
Post-Baccalaureate 23 3
Master’s Degree 33 8
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in General Agriculture Worth It?

The median salary for a agriculture 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 agriculture.

Major Number of Grads
Agricultural Economics & Business 8,910
Animal Science 7,814
Horticulture 4,451
Agricultural Production 3,536
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

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