Career Opportunities for Majors in Agriculture and Food Systems


The Agriculture and Food Systems (A&FS) major is the result of a major rethinking of the old Agricultural Science major. Agriculture and Food Systems aims to appeal to those who are interested in an entrepreneurial and innovative education in the agricultural sciences, spanning the entire range from production to table.

The A&FS major targets students who seek careers in agribusiness, government service and agricultural education and extension, as well as those preparing to be owner/operators of farming enterprises.

Rather than provide specific options within the major as do other majors, a unique aspect of the A&FS major is the ability of students to tailor their course work to their specific interests, due to their ability to choose classes of interest from several clusters of specific courses. Depending upon the courses chosen, areas in which a student could focus include controlled-environment and precision agriculture, agricultural policy and entrepreneurship, energy efficiency, and niche agriculture, including agro-tourism, community-supported agriculture, and sustainable agriculture.

The curriculum of this major is expected to continue evolving as additional experience in the delivery of the curriculum's courses is gained, and new areas of emphasis are identified.

While most graduates work in a related occupation and many obtain an advanced degree, others choose another direction. Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Agricultural Engineer Extension Agent/Specialist Park Ranger
Animal Breeder Farm Business Manager Pharmacologist
Animal Control Officer Farm Health Inspector Physicial Therapist
Animal Health Technician Farm Manager Physician Assistant
Animal Shelter Manager Farm Technician Plant Sanitation Specialist
Argonomist Herds Specialist Product Manager
Artificial Insemination Tech. Horse Trainer Quality Control Specialist
Biologist Horticulturalist Research Asst.
Biology Teacher Immunologist Research Investigator
Chemist Industrial Hygenist Safety Specialist
Clinical Researcher Kennel Owner Sales Representative
Conservation Officer Laboratory Animal Researcher Science Teacher
Dairy Herd Improvement Asst Laboratory Technician Veterinarian
Education Curator Naturalist Veterinary Assistant
Embyo Transfer Technician Nutritional Consultant Writer/Author
Environmental Specialist Nutritionist

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Animal Breeders Farms Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology Firms
Animal Shelters Feed Manufacturers Research Foundations
Dairy Industry Golf Courses Zoos
Educational Institutions Hospitals and Veterinary Hospitals
Environmental Companies Humane Societies
Government Agencies
Agricultural Marketing Service Farm Service Agency National Agricultural Library
Agricultural Research Service Fish and Wildlife Service National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Food and Drug Administration National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion Food and Nutrition Service National Institute of Food and Agriculture 
Centers for Disease Control Food and Safety Inspection Service National Resources Conservation Service
County Health Department Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Peace Corps
Department of the Interior Foreign Agricultural Service State Department of Agriculture
Extension Services Forest Service USDA Rural Development
Farm Credit Administration NJ State Department of Health

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Agriculture and Food Systems

Information is not available at this time on first jobs obtained from Agriculture and Food Systems

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Agriculture and Food Systems

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. Veterinary Associate
Burlington County Health Dept. Environment Specialist
CIGNA Corp Senior Group Benefits Specialist
Delaware Valley College Greenhouse Worker
Green Path Landcare Co-owner
East Jersey State Prison Teacher of Horticulture
Hackettstown High School Teacher of Agriculture
Lamington River Farms, Fiddler's Elbow C.C Asst. Golf Course Superintendent
McCall & McCall Landscape Architect
Ogilvy & Mathez Direct Account Supervisor/Partner
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