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Study finds grads with agriculture degrees are employable

economic-forecast-headerNot all college degrees are created equal. According to a recent study by Georgetown University, a higher percentage of recent graduates with degrees in agriculture are employed than their peers in other fields.

According to the study, 7.9 percent of all graduates are unemployed while only 6 percent of graduates with degrees in agriculture are unemployed.

Majors with the lowest unemployment after graduation included nursing, elementary education, physical fitness, parks and recreation, chemistry and finance. Majors with the highest unemployment were political science, film, video, photography and art, anthropology, architecture and information systems.

“Most of my friends are using their agriculture degrees in their jobs or master’s (degree) work. For the most part, everyone had a pretty nice transition into the workforce,” said Rachel Grosse, a Virginia Tech graduate and Virginia Cooperative Extension agent for Powhatan and Goochland counties. Grosse earned degrees in agricultural and applied economics and animal and poultry science.

“I had lots of luck and got great feedback when applying for jobs,” she said. “I started my job about six months after graduating.”
Grosse said individuals with degrees in agriculture are extremely employable.

“Everybody’s got to eat; you can relate that to anything. People with agriculture degrees can relate their experience to most jobs, and it makes you a worthwhile applicant.”