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Careers

We prepare students to pursue successful career paths and connect employers with well-trained talent.

Demand for CALS Graduates is Strong

The United States Department of Agriculture forecasts that the agriculture and food industries need 57,900 new graduates a year; the nation’s agricultural colleges currently produce only 35,400. In North Carolina alone, we’re looking for 1,100 more students in our four-year degree programs and 90 more in our two-year Agricultural Institute degree programs.

Six months after graduation, 68% of our graduates were either working in their chosen field or attending graduate or professional school. Roughly 80% of all CALS graduates and 91% of AGI graduates have jobs in the agriculture and food industries.

We can help put your CALS degree to work.

Contact CALS Career Services

CALS Career Services Office provides students with the necessary tools to make the transition from college to career. Students can also make an appointment via ePack.

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Career Opportunities

Not everyone who wants to work in agriculture and life sciences needs a farm.

In fact, more than 85% of food and fiber industry jobs are not linked to farming:

  • 50% are in business management
  • 12% are in agricultural education, communication, policy or regulation
  • 27% are in the STEM fields

Many fields have more jobs than we have graduates. In one high-need field, we are placing 95% of our CALS graduates with degrees aligning with that industry.