Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

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About the Major

The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major will teach students the knowledge and problem-solving skills to address complex challenges and opportunities in food systems. This will be guided by an interest in food and food systems that are sustainable in environmental, economic, and social terms. Students will study food systems in diverse contexts and at different scales.

Career Outcomes

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Where do students work after graduation?

Where do students work after graduation?

Job titles and employers for graduates reported within 6 months of graduation
Job Title Employer
Dairy Specialist MWI
Americorps VISTA Telluride Foundation
AmeriCorps VISTA: Farmer Support Program Coordinator Viva Farms Agricultural Incubator
Assistant Manager Pleasant Valley Orchard
Business Management Associate General Mills
Cultivator Leafline Labs
Farm Apprentice Cornercopia Student Organic Farm
Gardener Windsor Companies
Inventory Analyst Target
Lab Assistant Spanely
Lab Technician CHR Hansen
Legal Assistant Brazil Law Group
New Ingredient Specifications Specialist General Mills
Northside Fresh Coalition Engagement Coordinator Appetite For Change
Production Lead Gotham Greens
Regenerative Agriculture Designer Self-Employed
Sales Development Program Trainee Nestle
State Program Administrator Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Supply Planning Lead Acher Daniels Midland

Where do students continue education after graduation?

Where do students continue education after graduation?

Programs and schools students enrolled in after graduation
Program School
Ag Business University of Minnesota
Film Studies UCLA
Food and Agriculture Law and Policy Vermont Law School

Where students interned and gained experience during school

Full outcomes report including salary, locations, satisfaction, and more

Common Entry-Level Job Titles

  • Business Development Specialist
  • Community Garden Manager
  • Food Policy Analyst Assistant
  • Food Shelf Manager
  • Health Equity Specialist
  • Organic Farm Assistant Manager
  • Procurement Specialist
  • Sales Representative: Organics, Food

Top Employers

  • Archer Daniels Midland
  • AmeriCorps
  • General Mills
  • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Nestle

Types of Employers

  • Community gardens
  • Food and community nonprofit organizations
  • Food companies
  • Government agencies
  • Organic farms

Additional Resources

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: food system, sustainable agriculture, organic, food policy, community food, urban farming, agroecology, food justice.
  • 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.