Agricultural Systems Technology combines interests in technology, machines, and business. The business and technical skills acquired prepares students for a variety of careers in many industries, including Agricultural and Power Equipment Manufacturing, Equipment Sales, Food Production and Processing, and Government. In Agricultural and Power Equipment Manufacturing, companies such as Caterpillar, Case IH and John Deere seek product developers, managers and supervisors trained in the latest in precision agriculture, hydraulics, electrical circuits, engines and machinery management. In Equipment Sales, local and regional dealerships who sell agricultural machinery to agricultural producers seek technical sales representatives who possess strong product knowledge and an understanding of business finance and marketing to provide producers with the equipment they need. In Food Production and Processing, companies such as Anheuser-Busch, Archer Daniels Midland, Frito-Lay, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Cargill and Purina Mills seek grain elevator and mill operators and managers to properly handle, store and process agricultural crops and materials. In Government, state and federal agencies such as the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Natural Resources Conservation Service seek consultants and specialists to oversee and regulate pesticide application, water handling and irrigation systems, animal waste management systems, and watershed management.
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Common Career Paths
You can do nearly anything with a Mizzou degree, but here are some common career paths taken by graduates of this major: