UGA Specific Information for Agribusiness

Agribusinesses process and market food and fiber products, supply inputs to agricultural production, and manage agricultural production. Agribusiness majors learn economic principles and strategies for agribusiness marketing and management. Students take courses in agribusiness management, marketing, accounting, economic theory, communications, mathematics, computers, and agriculture. Students learn decision-making skills for agribusiness management, finance, marketing, sales, processing, manufacturing, transportation, and international trade. The agribusiness degree provides career flexibility for students planning to work in private industry, government, or their own businesses. Agribusiness accounts for 15 percent of the nation's total economic activity. The University of Georgia's agribusiness program is expected to play a major role in meeting the agribusiness education needs of the state, region, and nation. 

Employers Hiring UGA Agribusiness for the Class of 2016*

AgGeorgia Farm Credit | Batchelor & Kimball, Inc | Bunge Limited | Creature Comforts Brewing Co. | Cultiva Farms USA LLC | Dow Agrosciences | Farm Credit Administration | Fieldale Farms Corporation | Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts | Hartwood Farm | House of Raeford Farms | JBS S.A. | Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company | Oglethorpe Feed and Hardware Supply | Patten Seed Company/Super-Sod | Piedmont Equine Associates | Pilgrim’s | Raymond Engineering | Strawn & Co., Insurance | The University of Georgia | Toccoa Glass Company, Inc. | United States Environmental Protection Agency | Walton Construction Inc.

Job Titles of UGA Agribusiness Majors for the Class of 2016*

Assistant Farm Manager | Assistant Project Manager | Associate Examiner | Buying Point Manager Trainee | Commercial Lines Underwriter | Credit Officer | Extension Irrigation Specialist Assistant | Harvest Manager | JBS Trainee | Manager | Manager Trainee | Physical Scientist | Producer | Project Estimator | Project Manager | Quality Assurance Roof Observer | Sales & Marketing Associate | Sales and Marketing Trainee | Sales Specialist | Tour Staff | Trainee

Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Agribusiness Majors for the Class of 2016*

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College | Georgia State University-Perimeter College | The University of Georgia

UGA Agribusiness Career Outcomes for the Class of 2016*

** Includes Self-Employed

*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring ..., Job Titles of ..., Career Outcomes for ..., and Graduate Schools Attended By ..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2016 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

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There are a variety of industries that you can pursue with an Agribusiness major:

Finance/Banking

The finance industry has a variety of career paths including commercial lending, bank operations, lending, risk management, real estate, and insurance.

Prepare for this industry:

  • Seek out experience in financial areas through part-time employment or internships. 
  • Develop skills in decision-making, policy analysis and technical analysis. 
  • Explore ways to demonstrate competence in managing money and analyzing data. 
  • Stay up to date on local, national and global economic trends. 
  • Research and contact major and/or local financial and banking institutions that specialize in the agricultural market. 
  • Get involved in related student organizations. 
  • Take additional courses in statistics, finance and accounting.

Sales/Marketing

The sales and marketing industries have a variety of career paths including agricultural marketing, outside sales, customer relations, public relations, advertising and agricultural consultation.

Prepare for this industry:  

  • Gain experience with retailers in the agricultural industry and other agribusinesses.  
  • Develop skills in decision-making, policy analysis and technical analysis.
  • Develop excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Build relationships with major and local retail and marketing firms that specialize in agriculture.
  • Get involved in related student organizations.

Management/Development

The management industry has a variety of career paths including agricultural management, farm management, land management, environmental resource management, rural economic development, agricultural programming, and agricultural consultation.

Prepare for this industry:

  • Pursue experiences with management companies through part-time employment, internships or co-ops.
  • Develop your skills in decision-making, policy analysis and technical analysis.
  • Develop excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Stay up to date on local, national and global economic trends.
  • Become involved in campus organizations such as the NAMA/Agribusiness club.
  • Research and contact management organizations that specialize in agriculture.
  • Be prepared to start in entry-level management trainee positions.
  • Get involved in related student organizations.

Agricultural Equipment Systems Management

The agricultural equipment management industry has a variety of career paths including purchasing/buying, customer relations, wholesale and retail sales, farm supply management and logistics.

Prepare for this industry:

  • Develop awareness and understanding of the farm machinery and equipment market, both nationally and internationally.
  • Explore current and past research into the development of basic and advanced farm and agricultural equipment.
  • Obtain retail and/or wholesale sales experience, preferably in the field of agriculture or farm supply companies.
  • Get involved in related student organizations.
  • Develop strong interpersonal and communication skills, especially for sales-related positions.

Rural Development/Resource Economics

The rural development industry has a variety of career paths including land management, rural economic development, rural planning, policy analysis, timberland economy and county planning.

Prepare for this industry:

  • Develop excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Stay up to date on local, national and global economic trends.
  • Develop your skills in decision-making, policy analysis and technical analysis.
  • Complete an internship with a government agency.

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*Taken from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Career Services


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