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More than 2,700 undergraduate and 400 graduate students are pursuing degrees in departments within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Graduates of CALS move into gratifying employment or higher education across all spectrums of society. Each year, the members of the graduating class complete a survey indicating their plans after graduation: The five most common areas of employment include management and business, health and sciences, science and research, education, community and government, and farming, agriculture, and environment, as the graphic above illustrates. The full report can be viewed here.

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CALS careers

CALS is committed to providing the guidance and resources necessary to help students successfully make career decisions; gain valuable experience through undergraduate research, internships, graduate assistantships, service learning, and international experiences; and obtain good jobs or admission to graduate or professional school upon graduation.

Because of CALS's range of majors and minors, your career possibilities are expansive and can be exactly what you want to make of them.

Nearly 60,000 high-skilled agriculture job openings expected annually in U.S., yet only 35,000 graduates available to fill them.

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The U.S. economy will generate an estimated 54,400 annual openings for individuals with baccalaureate or higher degrees in agricultural and life sciences.

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The Outlook Is Good

According to a recent report, “Employment Opportunities for College Graduates in Food, Agriculture, Renewable Natural Resources, and the Environment: United States 2015-2020,” there will be tremendous demand for recent college graduates with a degree in agricultural programs because of an estimated 57,900 high-skilled job openings annually in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and environment fields in the U.S.; however, only 35,400 new U.S. graduates will be available to fill these jobs.

“There is incredible opportunity for highly skilled jobs in agriculture,” said Secretary Vilsack. “Those receiving degrees in agricultural fields can expect to have ample career opportunities. Not only will those who study agriculture be likely to get well-paying jobs upon graduation, they will also have the satisfaction of working in a field that addresses some of the world’s most pressing challenges. These jobs will only become more important as we continue to develop solutions to feed more than 9 billion people by 2050.”

The full report is available here.

79% of CALS graduates report employment very related to career goals; 75% of CALS graduates report employment very related to major; 46% of CALS graduates pursue continuing education (compared to 23% of university) while 36% report full-time employment.

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58% of graduates reported that they learned their job search skills from parents and family; 56% of graduates reported that they learned their job search skills from faculty and advisors.

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