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19. Animal and plant sciences

May 8, 2019

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Median wage early career: $35,000Median wage mid-career: $60,000Unemployment rate: 3.0%Underemployment rate: 57.4%Share with graduate degree: 34.8%

Students who study animal and plant sciences learn the scientific principles behind the breeding, cultivation, and production of agricultural plants and animal products. The curriculum for this major includes crop cultivation, food production, and animal husbandry, among other agricultural topics. Students who undertake this field of study pursue careers as agronomists, greenhouse managers, biotechnologists, animal scientists, and soil scientists. However, as agriculture has become increasingly automated, demand for many of these positions has suffered.