What can I do with a major in Agriscience and Environmental Systems?
UGA Specific Information for Agriscience and Environmental Systems
The agriscience and environmental systems major prepares students for successful careers in agricultural production, food systems management and environmental systems. Students will learn the biology of plants and animals, new technologies that can be applied to plant and animal production systems, the fundamentals of water quality and resource management, the application of technologies to add value to agricultural commodities, and the fundamentals of business management and marketing. Students in agriscience and environmental systems will learn from University of Georgia scientists who are actively engaged in research related to this major. Students will learn through practical application and experience in course laboratories, in research facilities, and in actual agribusiness settings.
** Includes Self-Employed
- College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Clubs and Organizations
- Alpha Gamma Rho (Men pursuing careers in agriculture)
- Collegiate 4-H
- Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS)
- Sigma Alpha (Women pursuing careers in agriculture)
To find additional clubs and organizations, go to the Center for Student Organizations
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Occupational Outlook for Agriscience Careers;
The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps track of job descriptions, training, and the outlook for jobs in America. The following occupations all relate to agriscience and natural resources
- Engineering and Natural Sciences Managers: A higher degree (such as a Masters or Ph.D.) is often required for many managerial positions. Work can include quality control, developing or testing various products for use in agriculture science. Strong management and organizational skills are a must. Employment is expected to grow at an average rate.
- Agricultural Workers: Ag workers often find themselves working as farmhands, laborers, equipment operators, gardeners, and breeders in rural areas. Work is often strenuous and is performed outdoors. In some places work is seasonal. Many skills can be taught on the job; however, advancement or supervisory roles will require additional education. Job prospects are plentiful due to high turnover rates. However, industry employment overall is expected to decline.
- Farmers, Ranchers, and Agricultural Managers: Farmers and ranchers often own or operate their own farms or are hired to operate a consolidation of farming establishments. The size (small family farm or large ranch operation) and type of farm (dairy, wheat, corn) frequently determines the type of work that will be done. Although training used to be on the job, it is becoming more important than ever for farmers and ranchers to have a degree if they want to make a living. Job opportunities should be favorable, despite a moderate decline in employment due to fewer small farmers being able to make a living. Agricultural manager positions are expected to grow slightly, as large farm operations are operated as a business
- Science Technicians: This field of work can include agricultural and food science technicians, who research, develop, and test food and other ag products. Work can include finding friendly herbicides or more pest resistant crops. Environmental science and protection technicians will work to preserve the environment, possibly in conjunction with agricultural practices. Overall employment of science technicians is expected to grow at an average rate, while job growth depends up on specialty and training/education of applicants.
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Additional Career Research Resources
- O*NET (click on Find Occupations)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (type in general term for career of interest)
- Georgia Career Information Center (accessible only on campus computers)
- Career Insider: Vault Guides (Under the “Resources” tab and select “Online Resources”)
- Candid Career (View professionals speaking about their careers under the “Resources” tab and select “Online Resources”)
- Agriculture Online
- National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
- Georgia Agribusiness Council
- USDA: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
- Cooperative Extension System Offices by State
- Agricultural Relations Council
- National Agri-Marketing Association
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POSITION TITLES AND EMPLOYERS WHO HIRED THIS MAJOR (CLASS OF 2017)*