Does an agriculture degree change the world?

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Graduation Hat In its recently released 2012-13 College Salary Report, online salary database PayScale.com went beyond paychecks to look at whether graduates felt their degrees were helping to make the world a better place.   

Topping the list were degrees in nursing, special education, medical technology, biomedical engineering and athletic training. Graduates with agriculture-based degrees, however, were more humble. 

Of the 131 degrees listed,

  • animal science tied for 31st,
  • agriculture tied for 38th, and
  • horticulture tied for 41st.

Other majors, such as biblical studies (9th), exercise science (tied for 17th), landscape architecture (tied for 23rd) and recreation and leisure studies (27th) were considered more world-changing than agriculture.  Check out the full list here.  

Agriculture degrees also made waves earlier this year after being mentioned in a Yahoo! Education article advising prospective students against earning five useless college degrees. Agriculture, animal science and horticulture made the list.

The agriculture community and its supporters responded vehemently to the Yahoo! Education article, rallying to support the agriculture programs. A Texas A&M University-based group of ag students formed the group Farmers Fight and released a video to help reconnect consumers to the agriculture.   

Watch the video and read more, “This video makes you want to stand up, agriculturists!”

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