Agriculture and Forestry Graduate Jobs - Careers Guide

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Agriculture is one of the largest industries in the world, and with a quarter of the workforce over 55 and a shortage of graduates, a graduate job in agriculture offers excellent career prospects.

There are around 1.2 million employees working for 230,000 businesses in the sector.

The sector has many employed and self-employed opportunities for graduates.

Graduate schemes are likely to be found in big, multination companies or government bodies. Some of the larger employers in agriculture include:

  • AGCO;
  • British Sugar;
  • Case IH;
  • JCB;
  • John Deere;
  • Kuhn;
  • Magnox;
  • New Holland;
  • Spaldings;
  • Zetor.

Agricultural consultants and advisors provide technical expertise and solutions to agricultural businesses, landowners and conservation organisations, amongst others. They may offer advice on business plans, land use planning, regulatory issues, or plant and animal conservation for example.

What degree do I need?TOP ^

Many jobs in agriculture are specialist and will require specific skills and knowledge. Due to this, a specific degree in subjects such as agriculture, farming, food production, horticulture or animal science is essential.

As with any graduate employer those in the agriculture field would prefer applicants to have achieved a 2:1 degree level or higher.

Additional training is popular, with recent destination figures showing that around 9% of agriculture graduates continuing into further study and another 12% combining work with study.

Graduates with non-related degrees can move into the sector by completing a conversion course or postgraduate qualification relating to the industry.

What skills do I need for a career in agriculture?TOP ^

Agriculture employers will be looking for specific job related skills and knowledge that you will need to have depending on what role you wish to enter.

Some of the other skills that agriculture recruiters might look for are:

Graduates from many degree disciplines will have the necessary soft skills for working in agriculture.

What graduate agriculture job can I do? TOP ^

There are several different graduate jobs in the area of agriculture. Some of the job options in agriculture are:

  • Farm manager
  • Agricultural consultant
  • Animal nutritionist
  • Field trials officer
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