Agribusiness is a dynamic industry with a high degree of global and technological sophistication. Many employment possibilities are open to students with training in agricultural business. Positions are available with businesses which process and market agricultural products, and with the large number of businesses that sell products and services to farmers and ranchers, such as fertilizer companies, farm machinery companies, banks, and farm credit institutions. Also, opportunities exist to operate and manage farms and ranches. In addition, federal and state governments employ persons with training in agricultural business. Many of our graduates work for regional, national, and even international agribusiness firms that market, process, and transport agricultural products. Other graduates work for companies that service agriculture by supplying inputs to producers. Agricultural credit institutions employ many of our graduates. Some of our graduates continue their education by pursuing graduate degrees or attending law school.

Individuals, business firms and governments face daily decisions about how to allocate scarce resources. The choices are extensive and range from which career to seek, workers to hire, goods to produce and policies to implement. Economics is the study of this critical decision-making behavior. It is a mode of thinking and reasoning with widespread application.

The skills that employers value most highly are the ability to think critically and carefully, the ability to learn new skills and the ability to solve problems. Some vocations may require very specific skills (for example, knowledge of a particular computer software package). We offer training in fields of economic development, environment policy and natural resource economics, industrial organization, international economics and trade, labor economics, money and banking, public policy analysis, and statistics and econometrics. 

Financial engineers are commonly employed in banking, corporate finance, securities, insurance, manufacturing, agricultural businesses, and other industries that require sophisticated financial management skills. To remain competitive, regional industries as well as national and international firms will employ financial engineers because of the increased complexity and sophistication of business risk management. Due to their rigorous training, the demand for financial engineering graduates is high with a strong growth rate projected by the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

There are several places where you can begin your search for current employment opportunities. Opportunities that are known to the Department can be viewed here: www.montana.edu/econ/employmentopportunities.html.

MSU also provides career assistance through its Student Services office. For more information, visit www.montana.edu/aycss/careers