WSU CAHNRS

College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Agricultural and Food Systems

Career Information

Exciting Career-Related Reasons to Consider WSU’s Agricultural and Food Systems:

  • More than 52,000 annual jobs in food, agriculture and natural resources are expected to open during 2005-2010
  • Only 49,300 qualified graduates are available for these positions each year
  • Provides graduates with a vast amount of job opportunities in rewarding fields such as management and business, scientific and engineering specialties, education, communication, governmental services, and agriculture and forestry production
  • The job placement rate for graduates of WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences is nearly 100 percent for graduates seeking employment in an area related to their major

Note: Above information was obtained from the Food and Agricultural Education Information Systems publication “Employment Opportunities for College Graduates in the U.S. Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Systems 2005-2010.”

Career Opportunities Available for AFS Graduates in

Agricultural Business and Technology Systems Agricultural Education Organic Agriculture Pest Management Systems Plant and Soil Systems

 

Agricultural Business and Technology Systems:

    • Agri-Food Business Management Option
      • Technical sales representative
      • Food broker
      • Accountant
      • Financial manager
      • Forest products salesperson
      • Fruit and vegetable marketing representative
      • Sales manager
      • Landscape manager
      • International business specialist
      • Business consultant
      • Insurance representative
      • Human resource consultant

Starting Salary Range: $30,000 to $45,000

    • Agri-Food Production Management Option
      • Precision agriculture specialist
      • Forest science specialist
      • Plant and animal breeding specialist
      • Food quality assurance executive
      • Environmental scientist
      • Entomologist
      • Fisheries scientist
      • Plant and animal nutritionist
      • Farm manager
      • Farmer
      • Feedlot manager
      • Forest manager
      • Greenhouse manager
      • Nursery operator
      • Rancher
      • Seed producer
      • Landscape plant growers

Starting Salary Range: $30,000 to $45,000

    • Technology Option
      • Precision agriculture specialist
      • Agricultural mechanic
      • Research technologist
      • Quality assurance executive
      • Agricultural engineer
      • Biological engineer
      • Irrigations technologist
      • Environmental technologist
      • Food technology specialist

Starting Salary Range: $30,000 to $45,000

    • Communications, Journalism Option
      • Agricultural reporter
      • Newspaper or magazine editor
      • Work in USDA and state government agriculture departments
      • Agricultural public relations
      • Photographer
      • Writer
      • Web site designer

Starting Salary Range: $25,000 to $35,000

    • Communications, Public Relations Option
      • Agricultural reporter
      • Newspaper or magazine editor
      • Agricultural public relations
      • Marketing
      • Work in USDA and state government agriculture departments
      • Marketing research
      • Advertising
      • Admissions counselor
      • Sales and promotion
      • Media relations director
      • Web site designer

Starting Salary Range: $35,000 to $45,000

    • Communications, Advertising Option
      • Work in USDA and state governmen agriculture departments
      • Advertising agencies
      • Marketing
      • Work in agricultural publication advertising
      • Project coordinator
      • Sales and promotion
      • Web site designer

Starting Salary Range: $35,000 to $45,000

Agricultural Education:

  • Secondary and post-secondary agricultural educator
  • FFA advisor
  • High school career and technical education director
  • 4-H youth or agricultural extension agent
  • Administrator of industry-based training/ information programs
  • Administrator of public relations programs
  • Work in government agencies
  • Sales and service
  • Peace Corps work

Starting Salary Range: $30,000 to $40,000

Organic Agriculture:

  • Organic farm/ranch assistant
  • Organic certification
  • Food Processing
  • Non-profit organization work
  • Government agency work
  • Organic crop salesperson
  • Organic seed salesperson
  • Greenhouse technician
  • Organic farm owner
  • Organic researcher
  • Organic chemist
  • Organic dairy production
  • Organic food processing
  • Organic agriculture marketing
  • Organic product development

Starting Salary Range: $25,000 to $45,000

Pest Management Systems:

  • Entomologist
  • Weed control officer
  • Greenhouse technician
  • Plant health supervisor
  • Parks ranger
  • Government advisor
  • Land protection advisor
  • Extension officer
  • Agrichemical specialist
  • Seed producer
  • Pest controller
  • Integrated pest management
  • Pest management research with universities and government agencies
  • Crop consultant
  • Chemical sales representative

Starting Salary Range: $25,000 to $45,000

Plant and Soil Systems:

    • Cropping Systems Option
      • Plant breeder
      • Plant nutrition specialist
      • Crop researcher
      • Farm owner
      • Nursery operator
      • Seed producer
      • Weed scientist
      • Farm manager
      • Greenhouse manager
      • Work in governmental agencies
      • Crop consultant

Starting Salary Range: $25,000 to $45,000

    • Soils Management Option
      • Soil chemist
      • Soil researcher
      • Plant nutritionist
      • Soil microbiologist
      • Farmer
      • Work for governmental agencies
      • Wetland specialist
      • Soil conservationist
      • Crop consultant
      • Soil manager
      • Planning practices such as crop rotation and reforestation

Starting Salary Range: $25,000 to $45,000

    • Horticulture Systems Option
      • Greenhouse manager
      • Plant nutritionist
      • Plant breeder
      • Nursery operator
      • Seed producer
      • Weed scientist
      • Landscape manager or designer
      • Horticultural salesperson

Starting Salary Range: $25,000 to $45,000

Find Job Postings At:

AgCareers.com

Peace Corps

USA Jobs (US Government’s official source of job info)

USDA, Animal & Health Inspection Services

Washington Dept. of Agriculture

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