The agribusiness industry accounts for nearly one-fifth of the U.S. gross national product and employs close to one-fourth of the U.S. labor force.
So, what can you do with a business degree If you re someone who enjoys the professionalism and high-powered nature of big business, then you re likely to be considering a business degree as a stepping stone to a high-status, high-salary career. In today's world, corporate business careers are available in pretty much every sector you can think of; all industries need strong leaders, managers, financial advisors and market-savvy decision-makers. For many business graduates, however, the traditional pathways still hold a strong appeal including careers in the banking and financial sectors, consultancy, human resources and marketing roles.
If a straightforward corporate career is failing to get you excited, then a business program can also give you the skills to create your own business, or to take on business and management roles within more creative industries, be that fashion, media, or even the charity sector.
There is a continuing strong demand by agribusiness firms, ranging from large multinational corporations to emerging food manufacturing and input supply firms, for more and better employees trained in both management and the agricultural sciences. Students who have mastered economic and business concepts and agricultural sciences do extremely well in finding rewarding careers following graduation. Career Opportunities Agribusiness graduates find career openings in many areas of specialization, including positions as international and domestic grain traders; elevator managers; sales representatives with chemical, seed, feed and fertilizer companies; analysts for railroads, transport and renewable energy companies; logistics managers; finance and credit officers; food company managers; experts with the foreign agriculture service; and analyst positions in market development organizations. In addition to a rewarding set of career opportunities following graduation, many students choose to continue with graduate studies to further develop their analytical and management skills. Although many graduates find successful careers in North Dakota and Minnesota, others pursue careers throughout the nation and the world.
Programme Structure The agribusiness program at North Dakota State University recognizes the importance of agribusiness to the nation s economy and the long tradition of the department in training the industry s leaders. The agribusiness major has several main components. Students are exposed to a range of concepts and methods useful in agribusiness decision-making in each of three areas of specialization: finance, management and marketing. Equally important, agribusiness graduates will master problem solving and effective communication skills to face challenges encountered in their professional careers. Agribusiness students are required to participate in an internship during their studies. Employers continue to place high importance on work-related experience when they evaluate potential employees. Employers know that all NDSU agribusiness graduates have gained valuable work experience through the required internship. Collaboration with the College of Business leads to concurrent satisfaction of a minor in one of the business fields. Minors in either accounting or business administration are encouraged. The Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics also offers an agricultural economics major. Students should refer to the Agricultural Economics Fact Sheet. Students in other majors may earn a minor in agribusiness.
Academic Entry Requirement
Academic Requirements Minimum academic qualifications have been determined for education systems in most countries, yet some programs require higher scores for selective admission. All students should have an educational background in the core curriculum of: science, mathematics, social science/history, and English to be considered for admission. This requirement must be met prior to the application deadline and the student's cumulative grade point average (GPA) or score at each institution should be included on the academic record itself or on a separate letter from a school official.