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Agricultural Public Services

604 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
126 Master's Degrees Annually
#187 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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 604
Master’s Degree 126
Associate’s Degree 20
Doctor’s Degree 17
Basic Certificate 7

What Agricultural Public Services Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, agricultural public services majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Agricultural Public Services Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these 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

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to agricultural public services:

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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?

Below is a list of occupations associated with agricultural public services:

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?

604 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
75% Percent Women
18% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 604 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural public services in 2019, making it rank #187 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 75% 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 6
Black or African American 28
Hispanic or Latino 49
White 483
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 36

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Agricultural Public Services. About 0.3% 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 median early-career salary of agricultural public services students with a bachelor’s degree is $34,100 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $29,050 (25th percentile) and $35,700 (75th percentile).

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It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to agricultural public services.

Salaries According to BLS

Agricultural Public Services majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $48,940 to $54,680 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to agricultural public services have obtained the following education levels.

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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 the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 schools offered some type of agricultural public services program. 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 6 0
Bachelor’s Degree 2 1
Post-Baccalaureate 1 0
Master’s Degree 13 5
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 8,910
Animal Science 7,814
Horticulture 4,451
General Agriculture 3,551
Agricultural Production 3,536
Plant Sciences 3,278
Food Science Technology 2,222
Agricultural Mechanization 1,537
Animal Services 1,070
Other Agriculture 551
Soil Sciences 434
Food Processing 244
International Agriculture 141

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