Agriculture is big business and big opportunities. Eleven percent of total jobs in the United States are connected with the food and agricultural sectors. And in South Carolina, agribusiness is a leading industry, with an annual economic impact of $41.7 billion. These numbers translate to a strong demand and exciting career potential for individuals who have mastered the business and economic skills required to be a leader in agriculture or in the related industries. As an agribusiness major at Clemson, you'll learn how to be that leader. Here, you'll gain the skill set required to secure a high-paying and rewarding job in any area of the food and fiber industry as well as the growing private sectors of national and international agribusiness management, banking, finance, sales, marketing and public relations, among others. Or if you're interested in opportunities with state or federal agencies, you'll be prepared for that as well.
- Agribusiness is a leading industry in South Carolina, with a 23 percent growth rate over the last decade and $41.7 billion in annual economic impact.
- The agribusiness industry directly supports 68,000 jobs in South Carolina.
WHAT YOU'LL STUDY
An agribusiness degree will provide you with an excellent foundation in applied economic analysis and business management. The focus of your studies will be on the functioning of the agri-food sector and on the economics of decision making within that sector. Through your classes, you'll get a strong, big-picture sense of how business works, learn the ins and outs of agricultural practices, and most importantly, discover how the two work together.
As part of that, your classes could include agribusiness economics and management, farm management, data analysis, leadership, marketing and sales, finance, accounting and business skill development. You'll also be required to choose and complete a minor that will complement your interests and career goals.
Just as important as classroom work is what we call experiential learning. Employers continue to place a high importance on this, and you'll be strongly encouraged to have at least one internship during your time on campus. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to study abroad and even perform research alongside one of your professors.
Our agribusiness faculty and staff are ready and willing to work closely with you outside the classroom to provide guidance on course selection, keep you informed about career and internship opportunities and answer any questions you have.
- Adult/Extension Education
- Animal and Veterinary Sciences
- Business Administration
- Communication Studies
- Environmental Science and Policy
- Natural Resource Economics
Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.
WHERE OUR RECENT GRADUATES HAVE GONE
Northeast Marketing Agent
Farm Credit East/Crop Growers
South Carolina Small Business Development Center
Field Sales Rep
RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
M.S. Plant and Environmental Sciences
M.Ed. Agricultural Education
M.S. Agriculture and Resource Economics
University of Tennessee
COMMON CAREER AREAS
- Commodity Trader
- Financial Adviser
- Investment Broker
- Insurance Agent
- Loan Officer
- Market Research
- Purchasing Manager
- Claims Processor
- County Agent
- Agribusiness Specialist
- Agricultural Leadership
- Human Resources
- Governmental Relations
- Public Relations
- Technical Writing
- State/Federal Conservation
- Regulatory/Agricultural Inspection
Used with permission from the University of Tennessee.
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Coordinator of Student Recruitment