Agricultural & Food Business Management
About the Major
An Agricultural and Food Business Management major prepares you for a wide variety of careers in business with specific emphasis on organizations in food and fiber industries, financial institutions and small companies. The curriculum teaches students how to use economic concepts and management tools to effectively identify, analyze, and solve management problems. Read more about the major. Visit the AFBM website.
Common Entry Level Job Titles
- Commodity Merchandiser
- Financial Advisor
- Human Resources Specialist
- Market Analyst
- Marketing Assistant
- Sales Representative
- Sourcing Specialist
- Supply Chain Manager
Types of Employers
- Agricultural business organizations
- Banks and financial institutions
- Government agencies
- Nonprofit agencies
- Research centers and universities
- Retail food companies
Alumni Internship and Volunteer Contacts
Search for students' previously completed experiences related to this major (to get ideas- not to get a list of openings) at: z.umn.edu/experiencedatabase. Database is updated through Summer 2019 semester only and will be updated yearly.
Salary and Employment Statistics
Top Career Resources
- AgriCareers Inc.
Includes national job postings for the agribusiness field
National and international job site and detailed career profiles to learn more about career pathways in agriculture (under job seeker resources)
- AgriGrowth Job Exchange Portal
Utilize this free job matching site to connect with internships and jobs based on your indvidual skills, interests, and requirements.
- United States Department of Agriculture
Jobs within USDA, links to agriculture agencies and news stories
- Agriculture, Biotech and Chemical Jobs Page
Job search device with current job listings and company profiles
In addition to these resources we recommend the following strategies to locate more information about careers related to your major:
- O*NET and Careerwise. These tools provide comprehensive information about a wide range of careers including typical duties, salaries, employment outlook, skills and interests.
- Locate professional associations related to your major or career interests by conducting a Google Search on “(Name of major/career area/industry) professional associations”. Try these keywords: agriculture, food, business, management, analyst, financial, HR, supply chain, entrepreneur, industry, communication, merchandising, soil, crop
- Get involved in one of the many industry-related student groups on campus. These groups provide links to experiences, guest speakers, and discussion with like-minded students.