Agribusiness · Crop and Animal Production · Research · Mechanics · Sales · Natural Resources
Key Program Features
Agriculture is vital in feeding the world, and it is the largest industry in the U.S. One out of every five jobs is related to agriculture, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Careers can be found in the areas of agribusiness, ag science and research, ag production, ag mechanics, ag sales and marketing, animal production, horticulture, forestry and natural resources. LLCC’s agriculture classes provide hands-on training in excellent facilities with dedicated instructors. In addition to coursework, students can participate on LLCC’s successful livestock judging and post-secondary ag club teams and gain valuable experience that employers want.
The growth areas in agriculture are in related industries, such as supply and service to farmers or in the management of businesses that buy commodities and process them into something useful. A 2015 report by the USDA and Purdue University shows that between 2015 and 2020, it is expected that there will be an average of about 57,900 job openings for graduates with a bachelor’s degree or higher in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environmental occupations. However, during that time span, it is projected that only 35,400 new graduates with an ag-related bachelor’s degree or higher will enter the job market. Almost half of those job opportunities will be in management and business, while 27 percent will be in the STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — sectors. Openings in sustainable food and biomaterials production will make up about 15 percent, with 12 percent of openings being in education, communication and governmental services. An annual average salary with a bachelor’s degree or higher in agriculture can range from $40,000 to more than $75,000.
For applied science degree and certificate students, the U.S. Department of Labor shows that Iowa and Illinois have a higher demand for ag equipment operators. Students can prepare for this occupation with LLCC’s precision ag program. Salaries in Illinois and Iowa for operators are also higher than the national average, running about $16.50-$17 per hour.
Degree and Certificate Programs
LLCC offers a variety of degree and certificate programs, which use the latest techniques and technology to prepare students for a successful career in agriculture and/or university transfer. Find out more about the courses required for each of these programs:
- Agri-Business Management • Associate in Applied Sciences – time to completion: 2 years
- Agriculture • Associate in Science – time to completion: 2 years
- Precision Agronomy/Fertilizer • Associate in Applied Sciences – time to completion: 2 years
- Fertilizer • Certificate of Completion – time to completion: 1 year
- Agricultural Watershed Management Tech I • Certificate of Completion – time to completion: 4 months
- Agricultural Watershed Management Tech II • Certificate of Achievement – time to completion: 18 months
Learn about the select courses in agricultural watershed management being offered at no cost for fall 2017.
Investment in Your Future
Tuition for agriculture (AGR), ag business (ABM) and ag fertilizer (AFO) courses for the 2017-2018 academic year are $151.25 per credit hour for in-district residents. All other courses are the standard rate of $121 per credit hour. Fees are $11 per credit hour. Get more information on tuition and fees.
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Some programs, including Agricultural Watershed Management Tech II • Certificate of Achievement, and Fertilizer • Certificate of Completion, fall under regulations for “Gainful Employment in a Recognized Occupation.” LLCC provides these programs’ gainful employment information in compliance with the “Program Integrity” and “Gainful Employment in a Recognized Occupation” regulations as defined by the U.S. Department of Education (34 CFR 668.8).