Commentary: Yahoo, please don’t mess with the goat ropers
Maynard Hogberg, chair of the Iowa State University animal science department, said, “Enrollment in animal science at Iowa State has set new records for the past six years. Over 95 percent of our recent graduates have found jobs, and the average starting salary exceeded $38,000 per year.”
In an effort to learn how to improve the animal science curriculum at Iowa State and better serve students, a survey of graduates from 2004 to 2009 was conducted by professor Steve Lonergan. The study found “a diverse group of opportunities available for our graduates,” he says.
Jobs listed by those graduates include the following:
Companion Animal Management
Graduate School in Animal Sciences
Human Medicine Research
Livestock and Poultry Genetics
Livestock Production and Management
Meat, Egg or Dairy food processing
Sales of feed, equipment or pharmaceuticals
Sales of livestock genetics
And there are many more jobs for those with degrees other than animal science. Just check out the postings on the Facebook page “I studied agriculture and I have a job.” Yahoo didn’t make many ag friends with their story, but it sure seemed to rally the aggies around the industry that feeds America and the world.
Here’s a sampling of the Facebook posts:
From Sara Jane: “I haven’t even graduated yet with my degree in agriculture and I’ve already accepted a position with a major seed company. Take that, Yahoo!”
From Lacey: “I have a degree in Agricultural Systems and Environment and am currently the Assistant Winemaker for a family owned winery in CA.”
From Alissa: “I have Agriculture Business and Agriculture Economics bachelors degrees from South Dakota State University and worked in my chosen field of Agriculture Finance directly after receiving my degrees.”
From Amanda: “I have a degree from Michigan State University in Agriscience with concentrations in Education and Communications. While in school I had six internships, all in agriculture. Within three weeks of graduation, I had six - count 'em, SIX - job offers. I now work for an integrated marketing agency in Minneapolis, working on a multi-million dollar client in the agriculture industry. I'd say my degree was pretty darn useful.”
Yahoo, please don’t mess with the goat ropers!