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Employment Opportunities for College Graduates  
in Food, Renewable Energy, and the Environment  
United States, 2010-2015  

 Management & Business

Expect about 25,700 average annual job openings for management and business representatives in agricultural and food systems, renewable energy, and the environment during 2010–15. An estimated 12,100 qualified graduates will be available from agricultural and life science, forestry and natural resources, and veterinary medicine disciplines and 11,700 from allied fields of study.

Sales and service occupations will continue to be the primary source of jobs in this employment cluster. Private practices in veterinary medicine will be major providers of jobs along with businesses that buy and sell agricultural commodities and forest products.

Look for good opportunities as credit analysts, information systems managers, financial planners, renewable energy economists, retail sales managers, and human resources specialists. Management jobs will continue to shift from production and manufacturing to the services sector of the economy. A growing number of managerial jobs will be found in environmental compliance and restoration ecology.

Priority Occupations

  • Agricultural Sales and Service Representative
  • Environmental Compliance Specialist
  • Financial Planner and Manager
  • Food Marketing Manager
  • Forest Products Manager
  • Grain Merchandiser
  • Green Industry Products Manager
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Land Use Planner
  • Resource and Alternative Energy Economist