Agricultural Business Management
Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics
Agriculture is a business, whether it is farm production, processing and marketing agricultural products, or supplying agricultural inputs. The Agricultural Business Management major studies courses in agricultural business and economics, science, and agricultural technology. Students learn to apply the concepts, principles and terminology of business (economics, management, finance, marketing and others) to real-world issues and opportunities in the agricultural and life sciences industries.
Continuing advances in science, especially in biotechnology and health care, are creating new career opportunities. A concentration in Biological Sciences/Business Management is available for students interested in substituting life sciences for technical agriculture courses to prepare for management careers in life science and related industries. This concentration is designed for students with a good background and interest in science who seek alternatives to traditional science careers.
You are strongly encouraged to gain career-related experience prior to graduation in the form of an internship, summer job, or co-op. Course credit is available for this experience through the College of Agriculture and Sciences. You may or may not expect compensation from the employer.
Co-op is a program of alternating semesters of work and school. Paid work terms of increasing responsibility enable students to graduate with the minimum equivalent of one year of relevant work experience. Full-time enrollment during the semester prior to the first work term is required. You can begin co-op after completion of at least two semesters (30 credit hours) at NC State (one semester for transfers and graduate students). An NC State transcript must show grades and admission to a degree program. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 (3.00 for graduate students) is required. The Co-op Office web site lists the Orientation Schedule, which is the first step to program participation.
Internships are typically full-time during the summer or (for some) part-time during the semester. You can start interning or seeking summer jobs related to your field, whenever you are ready. The CALS Career Services office provides services to help you get started.
Participate in ePack, the Career Center's on-line system that connects employees with students through internship postings, on-campus interviews, information sessions, and resume searches. You may activate your ePack account at any time.
Internship ExampleA sample internship involves surveying farmers and agribusiness to provide a profile of agriculture in North Carolina. Intern candidates learn the basic skills of planning, coordinating, and collecting data for agricultural surveys. Candidates will also be involved in analyzing and summarizing data along with disseminating information.
The following lists provide a brief sampling of the kind of jobs and work environments you might find with a degree in this major. These titles and work settings are by no means an exhaustive listing. Because the world of work is always changing, over time job titles and work settings can change. The below listing is provided in hopes of giving you initial insight into a particular career field that would employ the skills and knowledge gained through this major.
Baccalaureate - $ 40,250
The salary listed above is an average starting salary based on skills and experiences gained at the Bachelors level. Keep in mind that salary level typically increases with additional experience and/or educational degrees.
Furthermore, you may have the opportunity to mold an entry-level position into your dream job and subsequently increase your salary as you learn more, add responsibilities and gain experience.
These resources include organizations, clubs, and conferences not affiliated with NC State and can be an important part of your career pursuit.
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Last updated: 20th of September, 2010 at 10:22:57 AM
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