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New Mexico State University

What Can I Do With a Major In Agronomy?

 

Areas of Focus

Research, Production, Consulting, Management, Business, Education, Government (such as Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Services Agency, Bureau of Land Management or the Cooperative Extension Service), Development, and International Assistance

 

Career Titles

Owner/Manager fruit/vegetable farm
Farmer
Field representative
Rancher
Buyer
Conservation Scientist
Crop Consultant
Soil Scientist
Plant Physiologists
Crop Quality Tester
Agricultural Scientist
Land Planner
Ecologist
Environmental Scientist

Greenhouse management
Career opportunities exist in wholesale or retail production of potted or cut flower crops.  Many students obtain positions with the allied trades (e.g., seed breeding companies, supply firms, trade magazines), botanical gardens, garden centers, retail floral shops, and wholesale marketers.

Landscape design
This expanding field allows students with artistic capabilities to work in the horticulture arena.  Landscape designers are sought by garden centers, botanical gardens, arboreta, landscape maintenance and installation firms, nurseries, and governmental bodies.  Private consulting is also a possibility.  Some jobs will involve consumer relations and retail sales.

Nursery management
Propagation and production of trees and shrubs for the landscape is only one aspect of nursery management.  Garden center and retail sales, allied trades of agrichemical and supplies sales, and governmental positions are open to students interested in nursery management.

Landscape and turf management
Opportunities abound in residential and commercial landscape care, as well as managing turf at parks, cemeteries, race tracks, schools, and other areas.  Sports turf management is an area that is experiencing growth and offers many opportunities.

Horticulture Science
This option is intended for those who plan to work on a graduate degree.  Universities, state and federal agencies, and industries need trained scientists who can teach, conduct research, and communicate research findings to the public to increase the production and effective use of horticultural products.  Many who earn the Master of Science degree work as consultants, technical representatives, community college instructors, and county extension agents. 

 

Career Related Websites

American Forage and Grassland Council

American Society for Agronomy

Agriculture Research Service

Crop Science Society of America

Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service

Environmental Protection Agency

National Science Foundation

NRCS Soil Quantity Institute

National Resource Conservation Society

Society for Range Management

Soil Science Society of America

USDA

American Society for Horticultural Science

The Botanical Society of America