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Agronomy Careers

A farmer hand tending to some crops

Job opportunities consistently exceed the number of qualified graduates, with a continued bright outlook for young men and women. Graduates apply their knowledge in careers managing field production operations, grower technical services, new product research and development, and marketing.

Average salaries for 2012 were among the highest in this field. According to a yearly survey done by Ag Professionals, the average salary range for these positions was within $30,000-$77,000 yearly, depending on experience and position. For a list of detailed salary trends within this field visit

Career Options Include:

  • Agronomists (Crop production consultants)
  • Agriculturists for private industry (such as American Crystal)
  • Agriculture chemical, fertilizer, and seed sales representative
  • Agronomy sales
  • County agricultural extension agents
  • Crop consultant
  • Crop scout
  • Crop improvement field representative
  • Crop managers (Farm managers)
  • Crop product sales and services
  • Crop research technicians for private industry and universities
  • Elevator managers
  • Farm insurance agents
  • Farmers
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Managers of farm service centers
  • Natural resources conservationists and agents for government agencies
  • Quality control experts for food processing
  • Research associates with private plant breeding companies
  • State Department of Agriculture
  • Seed analysts
  • Seed and grain inspectors
  • Seed conditioning plant managers
  • Seed and grain marketing experts
  • Soil testing technicians


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