Trends and Forecasts

Between 2015 and 2020, expect an average of 26,700 annual job openings in management
and business in the United States for new college graduates with expertise in food, USDA_ManBusagriculture, renewable natural resources, and the environment. This represents almost half of the annual job openings.

Most graduates with bachelor’s degrees in business management will enter sales and technical service jobs. Those with advanced degrees will more likely enter careers as economists, financial analysts, lending executives, marketing managers, and human resources specialists.

New jobs in agribusiness companies should remain relatively stable during the next couple of years with some increased hiring expected in the latter part of the five-year period. This follows expanded hiring by agribusinesses during the past couple of years. Expect to see some continued consolidation of agribusiness organizations.

Forest ecosystem management opportunities should remain strong in both the public and private sectors.

Anticipated increases in the housing and building construction industry will spur growth in forest biomaterials businesses as well as in landscape contracting and management.

As consumers purchase more fresh fruits, vegetables, and organic crops, related purchasing and marketing strategies and personnel will change.

Forest management companies and agribusinesses will continue to hire environmental consultants to ensure environmental quality and to comply with governmental regulations.

Growing e-commerce operations in all industries will increase employment opportunities for graduates with specialized skills in online marketing and social media.

Selected Occupations

  • Sales and Service Representative
  • Financial Analyst
  • Forest Products Manager
  • Agricultural Economist
  • Land Use Manager
  • Agricultural Loan Officer
  • Farm Labor Specialist
  • Landscape Contractor
  • Forest Ecosystem Manager
  • Marketing Specialist
  • E-commerce Specialist
  • Grain Merchandiser