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Ag degrees pay dividends

Date: 
Thu, 03/05/2015

Students holding degrees in agricultural and natural resources are anticipated to earn a starting salary of $51,220, on average.

By Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

The ultimate goal for most students is to graduate from college employed. After all, the pursuit of higher education will leave many of them swimming in debt. This time of year becomes crunch time. Job offers are made, contracts are signed and students prepare for life postgraduation.

According to USA Today, students in the Class of 2015 who pursued an agricultural or natural resources degree and subsequent occupation will be among the highest paid graduates in the nation.

As of 2011, nearly one out of every three people over the age of 25 held a bachelor’s degree, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Furthermore, a bachelor’s degree holder typically earns $2.4 million over their lifetime. Read more

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