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Agricultural Public Services

554 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
127 Master's Degrees Annually
#193 in Popularity
$52,700 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Agricultural Public Services Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many agricultural public services graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 554
Master’s Degree 127
Associate’s Degree 24
Doctor’s Degree 15
Basic Certificate 5

What Agricultural Public Services Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to agricultural public services and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Agricultural Public Services Majors

Agricultural Public Services majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills for Agricultural Public Services Majors

A major in agricultural public services prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Agricultural Public Services Majors

As a agricultural public services major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

What Can You Do With a Agricultural Public Services Major?

People with a agricultural public services degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians 12.8% $43,770
Farm and Home Management Advisors 7.7% $49,840
Graphic Designers 4.2% $50,370

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Public Services?

554 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
77% Percent Women
17% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 554 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural public services in 2018, making it rank #193 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 77% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of agricultural public services majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Agricultural Public Services Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 9
Black or African American 14
Hispanic or Latino 39
White 454
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 37

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Agricultural Public Services, too. About 0.2% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • El Salvador
  • China
  • Nigeria

How Much Do Agricultural Public Services Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural public services made a median starting salary of $34,100 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $29,050 (25th percentile) and $35,700 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a agricultural public services degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $48,940 to $54,680 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to agricultural public services. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with agricultural public services may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for agricultural public services careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 7.2%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 6.9%
Some College Courses 3.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 7.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 51.2%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 1.0%
Master’s Degree 18.8%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 2.0%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 1.0%
Doctoral Degree 2.0%

Online Agricultural Public Services Programs

In 2017-2018, 37 schools offered a agricultural public services program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 1 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 5 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 1 0
Master’s Degree 13 8
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Agricultural Public Services Worth It?

The median salary for a agricultural public services grad is $52,700 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 32% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $256,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to agricultural public services.

Major Number of Grads
Agricultural Economics & Business 8,521
Animal Science 7,549
Horticulture 4,175
General Agriculture 3,457
Plant Sciences 3,327
Agricultural Production 3,279
Food Science Technology 2,262
Agricultural Mechanization 1,449
Animal Services 1,166
Other Agriculture 530
Soil Sciences 434
Food Processing 226
International Agriculture 131

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