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What does an Undergraduate Degree in Agricultural Economics mean to you?


Students graduating with a degree in the agricultural economics department enjoy a 99% placement rate at graduation and an average starting salary of $48,938. Students choose from a vast number of careers in the food and agricultural industries – sales, management, commodity trading, financial lending, investment brokerage, product promotion, and many others.


Our students have access to a great number of internships. Internships that build your skills while allowing you apply to what you learned, make industry contacts, and gain the competitive edge.

FACT #1 - Ag Econ opens opportunities in business

Nearly one in five jobs in the United States is connected with the food and agricultural industry, and less than 3% are on-the-farm jobs. There is a strong need for Ag Economists. Additionally, the industry has a strong demand for non-farm skills in business, finance, sales, and marketing.

FACT #2 - Companies need ag economists

The U.S. food and agribusiness industry includes the following sectors – distribution, marketing, manufactured products, agricultural inputs, agricultural production, world markets, and services to these sectors. Ag Economists are needed in various types of companies – food manufacturers, food retailers, advertising and marketing firms, agricultural suppliers, government agencies, financial institutions, etc.

FACT #3 - The World needs ag economists

...the food and agricultural industry is seeing increased globalization. The industry needs individuals well-trained in business to better manage in a global system.

FACT #4 - Ag is big business

The food and agricultural industry contributes nearly one-fifth of the U.S. Gross National Product—America's largest industry. Graduates from Agricultural Economics programs are essential to the U.S. economy.​​

Comments from our former students

“Coming to Purdue has truly been the best choice I've ever made, I have found a home here not only in the College of Agriculture but in all of Purdue. “ – Jacquelyn Brown (Eagle Point, OR)

“As soon as I set foot on Purdue's campus, I began to truly understand that everyone who is a part of the university truly cares about students and their success as individuals and future industry professionals.  Attending a large university could be overwhelming, but Purdue pushes students to get involved, develop as leaders, gain industry experience, excel academically, and enjoy life.  This is a great combination, giving the university a compassionate vibe and allowing for a well-rounded college experience.” – Katie Carroll (Prather, CA)

“Purdue University has shown me that I have the power to make an impact.” – Andrew Johnson (Orleans, IN)

“I couldn't be happier with my decision to attend Purdue and study in the College of Agriculture. From learning how to shoot and edit videos in a multimedia class to studying abroad in Romania to networking with industry professionals, Purdue has allotted me with incredible opportunities that I am extremely thankful for. “ – Armenda Boyer (Kirklin, IN)

"My experience of being a student at Purdue has been such a blessing is so many ways. Although, if there is one area that has stuck out to me, it's the people. Purdue has felt more as ​a home to me than a college because of all the quality relationships I have been able to build with my time here." – Cody Walburn (Bluffton, IN)

"Majoring in Agricultural Economics at Purdue exposed me to a whole new world of opportunities. I was involved in a lot of organizations before college, but my experiences here have given me the chance to take leadership to a new level and empowered me to create positive change across the state." – Sarah Correll (Macy, (IN)​

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