Description of the major
Students in Agribusiness Management prepare to be leaders in the global food system, meeting the challenges of changing technology and markets in the twenty-first century. Offered jointly by the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Smeal College of Business, the program combines course work in economics, business management, and marketing, with a variety of specialization options. Agribusiness management is an area where the demand for college graduates is expected to remain strong.
Graduates can be found working in the food production, processing, financial services, wholesaling and retailing industries, both in the United States and abroad. A substantial number are employed by agricultural supply firms. Typically, B.S. degree holders begin their careers in sales or as management trainees, and then progress to management as they develop higher levels of expertise and experience. Many graduates also are employed in banking and the investment and mutual funds industries, and others have gone to law school, graduate school, or into rural development. The quality and diversity of the program enables Agribusiness majors to undertake a variety of jobs.