It is quite interesting how we have to suffer to make decisions about the career pattern we would love to swing to at any point in our lives.
Like the other Universities, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology provides 84 courses in general for all students where your cut of point and choices of courses to be offered in this premier Science and Technology University determines the course you will be offering as well as comes with the decision to channel your energy in this course to achieve jobs that these courses come along with.
At this period of our lives, we get involved in certain courses in the University which at the end of the day choosing these career paths to follow becomes very difficult and in other instances, we don’t have any idea about the job opportunities that our courses may provide.
This makes us ignorant on how to strategize our plans and make future decisions for the greater benefit of our lives after we complete our courses.
BSc. Agriculture is one of the best courses KNUST offer to students and it takes determination and consistency to offer this particular course.
Moreover, the diverse job opportunities this course provides is very huge.
Agricultural Science is a multidisciplinary field that comprises a variety of scientific, technical & business subjects.
It promotes the efficient production of quality food in the agricultural-food industry & on the farm linked to the farming.
Agriculture Field includes horticulture, farm management, businesses & industries which buy & process farm products, manufacture agricultural machinery, banking activities, research for improving quality & quantity of farm products, etc.
It’s important to get hands-on work experience, which will increase your chances of securing a job after graduation. If you don’t have the opportunity to complete a placement year as part of your course, look for relevant work in the holidays. This may involve going to local commercial farms and asking if they have any extra work or seeing if you could shadow someone who works in farm management.
Search for local voluntary projects in your area involving agricultural or environmental work.
There is plenty of government as well as private-sector jobs available for BSc. Agriculture graduates.
Career Opportunities In BSc Agriculture may include;
- Research Officers
- Quality Assurance Officer
- Agriculture Officer
- Agriculture Loan Officer (in Banks)
- Production Manager
- Operations Manager
- Agricultural consultant
- Estates manager
- Farm Manager
- Fish farm manager
- Plant breeder/geneticist
- Rural practice surveyor
- Soil scientist
- Farm Manager with State agriculture departments.
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates of any degree subject, so don’t restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
In the private sector, agriculture science graduates may find jobs as managers at plantations, as officers at fertilizer manufacturing firms, agriculture machinery industries, agricultural products marketing firms, food processing units, etc.
The average starting salary of these officers is generally between Gh¢ 25,000 – Gh¢ 30,000 per annum (excluding bonuses and other incentives). And as you gain years and experience, the scope for better remuneration is immense. Kindly note that the average starting salary may vary depending on where you are working.
After reading BSc. Agriculture, one may also go for MSc Agriculture and take up a teaching job, or even go for a Ph.D. and build a career in Agricultural Research.
From the detailed analysis and presentation of the various job opportunities this peculiar course provides, we can agree that regardless of anything being obstacles that are cutting you of from making a good decision about a future job which your course may provide, these suggestions of what your course’s job opportunities entail may be a great guide in achieving a lot and making clear and important life decisions.
Now you can go on and appreciate your course and work towards an amazing future.