OSU Ag Grads Find Good Jobs

Strong future employment prospects ring true for many recent graduates of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, says Dean Bruce McPheron.

Published on: Mar 20, 2013

By New Year's Day last month, graduating senior Linsey Howell already had five job offers. 

Although the 21-year-old double major in agribusiness and applied economics in Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences won't receive her degree until graduation day May 5, Howell already has a start date for her new job working in grain merchandising for The Andersons: June 3. 

"Thanks to the degrees I'm earning from Ohio State and the internships I've had, I was able to take the time to really consider the job offers and decide which one would be the best fit for me and what I want to do in my professional career," the Danville native says. "There are a lot of companies looking to hire agriculture graduates. 

OSU Ag Grads Find Good Jobs
OSU Ag Grads Find Good Jobs

"The opportunities are nationwide and worldwide, if you are open to them. A lot of students in the college have job offers at the end of their junior year and a lot of students had jobs by the first career fair, and the ones who aren't looking for jobs have already been accepted into graduate school." 

Howell is among a growing number of recent agriculture graduates and graduating seniors who are reporting strong job prospects with their agriculture and natural resources degrees in Ohio and nationwide thanks to the growing world-wide demand for food and an increasingly strong agriculture industry, experts say. 

In fact, recent agriculture and natural resources graduates with bachelor's-degrees have the third lowest rates of unemployment (7%), according to a 2012 study by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. The same study found that rate even lower for graduates with advanced agricultural degrees (2.4%). 

This, as net farm income is expected to reach $128.2 billion this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That's a 14 percent increase over last year's $112.8 billion and the highest figure since 1973, USDA said in a statement. 

Strong future employment prospects ring true for many recent CFAES graduates and graduating CFAES seniors, says Bruce McPheron, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES.