I'd love it, but what would I DO with an AG Science major?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by sixlittlechicks09, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. sixlittlechicks09

    sixlittlechicks09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Uggh. So college is starting here in just a few weeks. I'm a second year Music Education student. I LOVE the faculty and the college, but I just have zero desire to be a Music teacher. I really wanted to be an Agricultural Science major, but my parents went off the deep end with "rahrahrah how are you going to live, what would you even do with an AG major? be a farmer? do you WANT to be dirt poor for the rest of your life? blahblahblah" So I went my first year and tried to love it. Unfortunately I really just have no drive for Music or Education and I pretty much tanked my first year. My mom, after ripping me a new one, finally asked ME why I didn't do well and I told her because I hate being Mu.Ed. She told me that was stupid, and that "She didn't like her job, but it put food on the table." and how teachers in THIS AREA are one of the highest paying professions and how if I just stuck it out I could have full benefits, a good salary and an early retirement THEN I could do what I want - which is to work with livestock. Then she preceeded to tell me that "In a few years we'll be getting natural gas royalties anyway, so when they come I can just go back to college for what I want." That seems pointless to me, why waste 5-6 years of my life, time and money getting a worthless degree? SO ANYWAY, I really would like to transfer schools and change majors (I want to stay at Susquehanna University, but they don't have an AG program [​IMG] ) But everytime I talk to my parents about it their biggest sticking point is "What would you DO with an Agricultural Sciences Major?" sooooo my question to all of you is, is there anyone out there with an AG SCI Degree, and what do you do with it? Or does anyone know anybody with that degree, and what are they doing with it?
     
  2. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

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    I have a degree in Dairy and Animal Science with a Science Option. It was Penn State's pre-vet degree and is in the College of Agriculture. Currently I'm a stay-at-home mom, but when the kids are grown I would like to teach Ag and Science classes on the high school level.
     
  3. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Overrun With Chickens

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    There are far more jobs out there in agricultural science than there are positions in musical ed. Elementary schools have one music teacher, middle schools a choir director, a band director and an orchestra director. Maybe an assistant director here or there. Just not that many jobs, and teachers tend to stay in their jobs until retirement.

    This site has a list of music occupations and potential salaries. Teachers are sort of mid-range.

    http://www.careersinmusic.com/

    Here's one for pay for agricultural science. Note these are technician level salaries, and an advanced degree could get you much more money. All the big Ag companies employ agricultural scientist, major food manufacturers do to. Most states have state agricultural scientist and many universities do to.

    http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Agricultural_or_Food_Scientist_/_Technician/Salary
     

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