With 100 percent of our students having real-world, hands-on experience, graduates with a degree in crop science are employed in wide variety of career opportunities in both the public and private sectors including:

  • Crop consultant: Visit farms to diagnose problems and make recommendations. They work for private companies that give advice to farmers. Learn more in this career profile of a crop science graduate.
  • Extension agent: Consulting and education for state agencies operated though universities that offer advice to farmers.
  • Crop scout: Visit farms to collect crop quality and pest data that farmers use to save money.
  • Plant breeder: Develop new varieties that will increase yield, require less inputs and tolerate more pests. Breeders normally possess a Ph.D.
  • Farm manager: Manage a small family farm or a large corporate farm anywhere in the world.
  • Farm owner: Many owners also operate the farm.
  • Sales representative or sales manager: Work for a company that sells something in the crop science industry like seed, fertilizer, pesticides, equipment, etc. Visit farms, develop relationships with farmers, attend conferences and field days.
  • Research manager: Work for a company that develops new pesticides, fertilizers, plant varieties and other products. Manage projects by research cooperators and communicate the results to company executives and farmers.
  • Researcher: A career as a researcher usually requires a PhD. Opportunities to develop the next variety, fertilizer, or pest control product to help feed the world. Most employers are research universities or large agriculture companies.
  • Pest control and amendment applicator: Travel to farms to apply pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Educator: Teach the next generation of crop scientists at the high school or college level.

Employers of our graduates include:

  • Family and corporate farms
  • Hamilton Equipment
  • Fulper Farms LLC
  • King's Agri Seeds
  • Cargill
  • Bayer Crop Science
  • Monsanto
  • Pioneer Hybrid
  • DuPont
  • Growmark FS
  • Syngenta
  • Dow Agrosciences
  • NuFarm
  • The Andersons
  • Crop Productions Services
  • Timac Agro
  • USDA
  • Niehls Family Farm
  • R.E. Etsch, Inc.
  • Todd Heisler
  • Penn State Extension
  • Rutgers University Extension
  • University of Delaware Extension