The Science of Agriculture
The responsibilities of agriculture professionals range from caring for livestock to operating machinery to maintaining equipment and facilities. If you grew up on a farm, were involved in 4-H or National FFA, or have worked on farms, you probably love the outdoors, hard work, and working with your hands. A broad range of skills and abilities are needed in agriculture: technical knowledge of crops, growing conditions, and plant diseases; mechanical aptitude in working with tools and machinery; business skills to organize and operate a business; and computer skills. As the long-term trend toward consolidation into fewer and larger farms continues, the employment of agricultural managers and business, sales, and service positions will increase. Agriculture Science majors may find careers as regional sales managers, ag loan officers, agronomists, and sales representatives.