College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Environmental Science & Policy

Job Placement & Outlook


Career Outcomes of UMD Graduates

92% of UMD bachelor's degree recipients secured employment, entry into a graduate program, or related career outcome within 6 months of graduation.
Placement rate by Colleges affiliated with the ENSP program:
  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources:  88%
  • College of Behavioral and Social Sciences:  91%
  • College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences:  92%
Average placement rate among our three sponsoring Colleges: 90%
The University Career Center tracks the initial destinations of UMD graduates through a graduation survey which is administered to bachelor’s degree recipients.  The report covers August 2015, December 2015, and May 2016 graduates.  Source: UMD Career Center

Employment Opportunities for College Graduates in Food, Agriculture, Renewable Natural Resources, and the Environment

Every 5 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture releases a report highlighting the job trends and employment opportunities for college graduates in the areas of food, agriculture, renewable natural resources or the environment.  The findings predict that between 2015 and 2020, college graduates in the United States will find good employment opportunities if they have knowledge in these specific fields of study. Throughout this 5-year time frame, it is expected that there will be, on average, 57,900 annual openings for graduates with bachelor’s degrees or higher in those areas.
“College graduates with expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and the environment are essential to our ability to address the U.S. priorities of food security, sustainable energy, and environmental quality. Graduates in these professional specialties not only are expected to provide answers and leadership to meet these growing challenges in the United States, but they also must exert global leadership in providing sustainable food systems, adequate water resources, and renewable energy in a world of population growth and climate change.”

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