Agricultural Economics Professor

Teach university students about agricultural economics.
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Salary Range
$42,000 – $129,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Agricultural Economics Professors do?

Agricultural Economics Professors help their students unravel the complex relationships between plants, animals, people, and money. They use their in-depth knowledge of crop production and harvesting, animal management, and market forces to show their students how all those elements interact, and how they can help create sustainable crop-growing practices and economic progress at the same time.

If you want to help the next generation of farming professionals create a world in which everyone has enough to eat at a price they can afford, then a career as an Agricultural Economics Professor could be right for you. Like all Professors, Agricultural Economics Professors spend many hours in their offices, preparing lectures, creating class outlines, and setting the grading criteria for their programs. You also do original research to fuel academic papers. These published works are vital to boosting your prestige and renown, as well as your school’s.

Of course, you also spend time lecturing in the classroom. Some courses may even take you out into the field — literally — to discuss modern growing, harvesting, animal management, and selling practices.

The life of a Professor varies from school to school, but you can count on a challenging course load, with support from Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants. Giving guest lectures, publishing articles, and attending academic and social meetings of all kinds take up your remaining time. There’s no “nine to five” with this career — it takes up a lot of your time and energy. But if it’s really what you love, then you won’t care!

Should I be an Agricultural Economics Professor?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Associate Professor of Natural Resource Policy, Professor of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

    How to Become an
    Agricultural Economics Professor

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