While there are specialist degrees available, many of the roles across the agri-food industry will be relevant to those with a biology, chemistry, engineering or healthcare-related degree.
You may find that a masters qualification is an advantageous way to build your specialist knowledge, particularly if the role you wish to apply for is a technical one.
For research roles, a PhD may be required.
Specific skills will vary between different jobs, but a career in this industry is likely to require the following:
- The ability to formulate and communicate ideas
- Negotiating, marketing skills to support new product/business development
- Role-specific technical and analytical skills
- The ability to conduct work safely and ethically, and to explain it clearly
- Strong communications skills – able to work collaboratively with colleagues and to build effective relationships with customers/clients
- Enthusiasm and commitment
Large recruiters such as supermarkets or Government departments will have clearly defined and well-advertised graduate recruitment processes, often starting their recruitment in the autumn term, prior to graduation for roles starting the following summer.
Smaller organisations such as specialist retailers, research consultancies, agricultural businesses, etc, are more likely to recruit as demand arises.