Growing up on a farm does a few things to you. You eat fresh grown vegetables, drive tractors, watch sunsets over the acreage, and don flannel on the regular. However, only about 10% of Americans are actual farmers*.
Believe it or not, there are more than 200 careers other than farming in the agriculture field: food science, purchasing, horticulture, and landscaping to name a few*. With such a large array of options, the job growth is varied. Some careers, such as food science, are increasing around 8%, while others, like farming, are seeing little to no jumps.
The increasing population is giving the agriculture business more mouths to feed. Some people hold doors open or volunteer their time. But you want to feed the people, and you are ready to work hard to do it. And if it all works out, a career in agriculture gives you permission to listen to all the country music you want with nobody to judge.*Agriculture Council of America, Agriculture Careers
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers 28 Agriculture degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 753 Agriculture students graduated with students earning 565 Bachelor's degrees, 122 Master's degrees, and 66 Doctoral degrees.
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale offers 16 Agriculture degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 212 Agriculture students graduated with students earning 179 Bachelor's degrees, 28 Master's degrees, and 5 Doctoral degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL||22 : 1||51,605|
|Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Carbondale, IL||18 : 1||11,695|
|Lake Land College Mattoon, IL||43 : 1||4,466|
|Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL||68 : 1||14,318|
|Illinois State University Normal, IL||23 : 1||20,878|
|College of Lake County Grayslake, IL||68 : 1||13,743|
|Kaskaskia College Centralia, IL||47 : 1||3,248|
|Parkland College Champaign, IL||41 : 1||6,510|
|Illinois Central College East Peoria, IL||51 : 1||8,749|
|Rend Lake College Ina, IL||42 : 1||2,287|
|Black Hawk College Moline, IL||47 : 1||4,472|
|Kishwaukee College Malta, IL||51 : 1||3,060|
|Highland Community College Freeport, IL||31 : 1||1,511|
|College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL||87 : 1||23,903|
|Western Illinois University Macomb, IL||16 : 1||7,624|
|Kankakee Community College Kankakee, IL||39 : 1||2,601|
|Lincoln Land Community College Springfield, IL||48 : 1||5,446|
|McHenry County College Crystal Lake, IL||81 : 1||7,473|
|Triton College River Grove, IL||97 : 1||9,571|
|Danville Area Community College Danville, IL||43 : 1||2,644|