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Job Title: Agricultural Economist

Description: Study data and perform statistical analysis to uncover relationships in the economic activity and consumer demand of agricultural goods and services. Must have a strong knowledge of production agriculture, market principles, research methods, and statistical analysis. Agricultural economists use the data in combination with their knowledge to try and predict future marketing trends. They may serve as advisors to business owners or managers, write and edit magazines or journals, or teach economics.

Degree Required: BS

  • Bachelor of Science Degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for completed courses that generally last three to five years. Variations of a BS include a BT, referring to a Bachelor's of Technology, or a BA, a Bachelor of Arts degree. These different terms are often used for different areas of study or may be specific to colleges.

Skills Required: Mathematical thinker, Oral communication skills, Scientific thinker, Scientific writing skills, Time management skills, Teaching skills, Written communication skills

Market Sector: Government, Industry, University/Education

Relative Salary:  $$$$

  • We did not collect actual income range information in our survey. Instead we chose to express income range with a number of dollar signs, expressing relative salaries. A single $ is relatively low salary compared to the average, $$ - $$$ is average, and $$$$$ is much higher than average income.

    Since each person surveyed may have a different viewpoint as to what constitutes an average salary, and since salary is often commensurate with years of experience, the number of dollar signs should not be regarded as an absolute, but only as an indicator.