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Why Should I Choose a Career in Agriculture?

Each year, nearly 48,000 NEW jobs are created in agriculture, leaving nearly a five percent shortage of qualified graduates. Many of the jobs in agriculture pay higher than other fields. According to the latest survey by the USDA, the employment market for ag grads will continue to stay strong. And you don't have to be raised on a farm to find an exciting career in agriculture.

The School of Agricultural Sciences at Northwest Missouri State University is one of the finest in the Midwest and offers a well-rounded education to prepare graduates for diverse careers in the world of agriculture.

Believing experience is the best teacher, Northwest emphasizes a hands-on approach to learning. You will explore different aspects of agriculture through interactive lectures, laboratories and research projects. Key to the school's method of instructions are small class sizes and professors dedicated to enhancing your learning experience. By utilizing the Electronic Campus and agriculture facilities, professors extend teaching well beyond the walls of the classroom. You will soon learn there is no substitute for experience.

At Northwest, you will be able to tailor your education to meet your needs. Choose from eight majors to find the area that best fits your interests. You can choose to study broad areas of agriculture or focus on a single subject. You can prepare for employment in the agri-business complex or lay the foundation for further education.

Whatever your choice, Northwest offers you the best in course work, career preparation and student involvement. The School of Agricultural Sciences is a close-knit community dedicated to helping you succeed. Take a look and find where you fit in the picture.

Career Opportunities

Agriculture reaches far beyond the farm. It not only includes production agriculture but all of the food and fiber system, processing, support services, transportation systems, public relations and much more. Don't forget the demand for non-food uses for ag products, such as environmentally friendly biodegradable products. All of this means new jobs.

Our students can be confident that their ag degree from Northwest will give them a strong foundation to build on and make it possible to take advantage of the professional opportunities in agriculture.

Agricultural Business

  • Agribusiness Owner/Manager
  • Claims Processor
  • Compliance Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Grain Manager/Superintendent
  • Loan Officer
  • Marketer
  • Sales Manager
  • Salesperson

Agricultural Education

  • High School Teacher
  • Youth Extension Agent
  • Agribusiness Sales
  • International Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Landscape Designer
  • Retail Sales
  • Groundskeeper
  • Turf Specialist

Agricultural Media

  • Agricultural Policy Specialist
  • Communications Director
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Advertising / Sales Agent
  • Agriculture Marketing Specialist
  • Content Writer or Editor
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Media Relations Manager
  • Technical Writer
  • Radio and TV Journalist

Agricultural Science

  • Farm Manager
  • Agricultural Journalist
  • Production Agriculture
  • Sales Representative
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Private Practice
  • Laboratory Research
  • Public Health
  • Specialized Medicine

Animal Science

  • Agricultural Sciences Teachers
  • Animal Health Researcher
  • Artificial Insemination Technician
  • Consumer Information Specialist
  • Farm Manager
  • Feedlot Manager
  • Husbandry Specialist
  • Lab Technician
  • Marketing/Sales
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Technologists and Technicians


  • Crop Specialist
  • Soil Conservation
  • GIS Specialist
  • Plant Geneticist
  • Erosion Specialist
  • Agricultural Climatologist
  • District Conservationist
  • Forester
  • Land Management
  • Specialist


  • Greenhouse Operator
  • Landscape Designer
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Landscape Contractor
  • Extension Educator
  • Biotechnologist
  • Lobbyist for Horticulture
  • State Park Agent