Platteville Ag Graduates Are Finding Success

With graduation just around the corner, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Agriculture is buzzing with anticipation and celebration as students prepare to embark on their next adventures in the agricultural industry.

Amidst the final exams and job interviews, the job market for these grads is looking good. According to Platteville’s School of Agriculture Director, Tera Montgomery, there has been a noticeable trend of interest from both employers and students in the field of Agronomy. There has also been interest in areas related to sustainability practices, particularly in business applications such as carbon credits. The school has also witnessed a rise in students exploring interdisciplinary opportunities. They have been combining agricultural studies with fields like communication, marketing, business, and engineering

“The intersection of agriculture with other disciplines is becoming increasingly appealing to our students. We’re seeing more engagement from students who want to broaden their skill sets and explore diverse career paths within the agricultural industry.”

There is a growing demand for graduates within the agricultural industry, surpassing the current supply of qualified candidates.

“Our students are well-prepared for the workforce. That’s thanks to hands-on experiences gained through internships and a strong emphasis on networking skills. Employers seek out graduates who not only possess technical expertise but also excel in communication and relationship-building.”

Graduates of the School of Agriculture are in high demand, with approximately 80% securing employment before graduation. Companies across the agricultural sector value the practical skills and industry knowledge that students acquire during their time at UW-Platteville. Many graduates are drawn to positions that allow them to make a meaningful impact on farming communities. They’re also prioritizing jobs where they can contribute to agricultural innovation.

“While the majority of our graduates choose to remain in the tri-state area, some are venturing further afield to gain diverse experiences before returning to their hometowns. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of family and community ties for many students. This has influenced their decisions about job locations.”