An agricultural communications degree can lead to career opportunities with advertising, public relations firms, government agencies, commodity promotion groups, newspapers, radio and TV stations, magazines, non-profit, and other organizations.
This is an area of expertise in high demand. The US Department of Agriculture projects an average 7,000 annual openings for graduates until 2020.
Ag Comm Statistics in a Glance
Average class size (four-year average): 18
Student-faculty ratio: 11:1
Graduation rate: 98%
Internship placement: 100%
Employment: 76% accept a full-time position upon graduation. Of recent grads who accepted jobs, 71% were in Illinois
Entry-level salaries across concentrations: Average of $48,705; $11-15K higher than other communication majors
7% pursue advanced degrees or certification
What graduates do with their degrees
Graduates enter many different fields and find opportunities in small towns and large cities. They write articles, shoot photographs and videos, and produce radio and television programs. They work for agribusiness and public relations firms, develop company magazines and websites, produce digital content, and manage consumer relations and social media. Graduates enter the public sector, work in legislative communications, public information, or as extension and experiment station editors. Some work for nonprofit organizations as communications directors or executive officers.
Potential employers are public relations firms, trade organizations, governmental agencies such as USDA or EPA, agribusiness firms, food companies, livestock breed associations, farm organizations, media companies.
The following are but a few careers open to agricultural journalism and communication majors.