Job Placements

Degree Benefits

  • A graduate degree in agricultural, food, and resource economics from Michigan State University will prepare you to face the significant challenges of the 21st Century, including:
    • designing policies to attack rural poverty and hunger;
    • managing food and farm businesses in a global setting;
    • resolving increasing pressures on the world's resource base;
    • working across disciplines to evaluate new technologies and policies;
    • adding to the knowledge base of theory and methods in the discipline.

Jobs Taken by Recent Graduates

  • The jobs listed below are generally the first jobs taken by the graduates or the first "target" job taken after a short period of temporary employment, and is not necessarily their current position. 


  • Soojung Ahn - Ph.D. Student, University of Connecticut
  • Adedamola Akinlembola - Data Analyst, Enterprise Business Solutions
  • Brian Bartle - Agronomy Product Innovation Manager, Indigo
  • Sarah Chase-Walsh - Associate Analyst, Modea
  • Ben DeMuth - Management Training Program Trainee, Kroger
  • Mary Doidge - Assistant Professor, McGill University
  • Joshua Gill - Director of Analytics, Global Innovation Fund
  • Xuche Gong - Ph.D. Student, Iowa State University 
  • Austin Hunt - Sr. Research Associate, Hanover Research 
  • Jongwoo Kim - Research Fellow, Korea Energy Economics Institute 
  • Angelos Lagoudakis - Ph.D. Student, Iowa State University 
  • Samantha Padilla - Agricultural Economist, USDA Economic Research Service
  • Caroline Peters - International Economist, U.S. International Trade Commission
  • Myat Win - Research Coordinator, Myanmar
  • Jina Yu - Lecturer, Beijing Normal University - Hong Kong Baptist University 


  • Tanner Connors - Performance Assessment Analyst Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • William Dyar - Research Associate, MSU North Central Regional Center for Rural Development
  • Jungmin Lim - Research Associate, MSU North Central Regional Center for Rural Development
  • Sean Posey - PhD Student, University of Georgia
  • David Olson - Economist, Economic Research Service
  • Jason Synder - Research Assistant, MSUAFRE
  • Daniel Ochs - Farm Management Educator, MSU Extension
  • Miguel Castro - Inter-American Development Bank
  • Sophia Tanner - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Arizona 
  • Maolong Chen - Assistant Professor, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics
  • Hamza Haider - Economist, Amazon
  • Mukesh Ray - Economist, IMPAQ International
  • Nathaly Rivera - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Sarah Kopper - Research Manager, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
  • Stephen Morgan - Assistant Professor, University of Florida



  • Keneilwe Kgosikoma, Ph.D. - Lecturer, Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Gaborone Botswana
  • Craig Carpenter, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor and Extension Economist, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX
  • Leonard Polzin, MS - Assistant Extension Professor, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN
  • Daniel Gough, MS - Brownfield Coordinator, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Brownfield Redevelopment Unit, Jackson, MI



  • Uchook Duangbootsee, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Paige Van Poppelen, MS - Account Associate, Foodservice, The NPD Group, Inc., Rosemont, ILL
  • Jessica Klatt, MS - Survey Statistician, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, East Lansing, MI
  • Patrick Ofori, MS - Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Accra, Ghana
  • Helder Zavale, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Eduardo Mondlane University, CEPPAG, Maputo, Mozambique
  • Sara Qanti, MS - Assistant Professor, Agriculture, Padjadjaran University, West Java, Indonesia
  • Sara Qanti, MS - Assistant Professor, Agriculture, Padjadjaran University, West Java, Indonesia
  • Ty Lawson, - MS - Presidential Management Fellow at National Institutes of Health, Washington, D.C.
  • Alexandra Peralta, Ph.D. - Lecturer, University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Xuan Wei, Ph.D. - Research Associate, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, University of Florida, Wimauma, FL
  • Mariam (Sako) Thiam, MS - Consultant in Financial Analysis, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, Columbus, OH
  • Nathalie Me-Nsope, Ph.D. - Research Associate, International Studies and Programs, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Vivek Pandey, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Gujarat, India
  • Jessica Vila-Goulding, MS - Economist, Middle East & Africa, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn  MI
  • Adam Lovgren, Ph.D. - Strategy Consultant, Roll Global LLC, Los Angeles, CA
  • Eleanor Turner, MS - Research Initiatives Manager, Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at the University of California, Berkeley, CA


  • Kathleen Sprouse, MS - Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator, Purdue Univesity, West Lafayette  IN
  • Christina Plerhoples, Ph.D. - Research Associate, The Urban Institute, Washington, DC
  • Dale Yi, Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia
  • Min Chen, Ph.D. - Senior Risk Modeler, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac)
  • Hillary Sackett, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Business Management & Economics, Westfield State University, Springfield, MA
  • Sung Hoon Kang, Ph.D. - Associate Research Fellow, Korea Institute of Public Finance, Seoul, South Korea
  • Timothy Hodge, Ph.D. - Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
  • Thasanee Satimanon, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, National Institute of Development Administration, School of Development Economics, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Charapon Chantorn, MS - Policy Analyst, Office of Agricultural Economics, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Bangkok Thailand
  • Milu Muyanga, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Jordan Chamberlin, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), Zambia
  • Dingiswayo Banda, MS - Chief Economist, Planning Dept. Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Lusaka, Zambia
  • Fang Xia, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China
  • Julius Kirmi Sindi, Ph.D. - Impact Assessment Specialist, International Potato Center, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Joshua Ariga, Ph.D. - Scientist-Economics, IFDC Headquarters, Office of Program, Economics & Markets Dept, Muscle Shoals, AL


  • Scott Weicksel, MS - Senior Analyst, Nielsen, Marketing Performance Division, Chicago, IL
  • Benjamin Magen, MS - Survey Statistician, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, East Lansing, MI
  • James Allen, MS - Research Director, Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • Richard Melstrom, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Economics, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
  • Peter Richards, MS - Postdoctoral Research Associate, Brown University, Environment Change Initiative and Population Studies and Training Center, Providence, RI
  • Brenda Lazarus, MS - Food Security Analyst with FEWS Net project, Chemonics International, Inc., Washington, DC
  • Tim Komarek, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Dept of Marketing and Economics, Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
  • Jacob McManus, MS - Associate Business Consultant, Lookout Ridge Consulting, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Anne Weir, MS - Supply Planning Analyst, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., Johnston, IA
  • Jennifer Meyer, MS - Program Director, Farmer Training Initiative, Angelic Organic Learning Center, Caledonia, IL
  • Rachel Ford, MS - Executive Director, Taiya Inlet Watershed Council and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Skagway, AK


  • Feng Wu, Ph.D. - Post-Doctoral Researcher, Food and Resource Economics Dept., University of Florida, Gulf Coast Educational Center, Wimauma, FL
  • Shan Ma, Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Scholar,  Natural Capital Project, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Aleksan Shanoyan, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Depart. of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • Megan Sheahan, MS - Independent Consultant, Irvine, CA
  • Nathaniel Victor, MS - Global Market Economist, General Motors, Lansing, MI
  • Jacob Ricker-Gilbert, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Subramanian Kumarappan, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Ag Tech Institute, The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH
  • Andrew Kizito, Ph.D. - Assistant Lecturer, Dept. of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences, Makerere University. Kampala, Uganda


  • Amadou Diallo, MS - HGSF Programme Manager, Partnership for Child Development, Bamako, Mali
  • Fang Xie, Ph.D. - Manager, American Express Co., Phoenix, AZ
  • Feng Song Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, School of Economics,  Renmin University of China, Beijing, China
  • Laura James, MS - Consultant, Public Sector Consultants, Inc., Lansing, MI
  • David Binkley, MS - Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing Analyst, Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth, Lansing, MI


  • George, Young Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
  • Nicole J. Olynk, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Agricultural Economics Department, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Mukiti Mwiinga, MS - Lecturer/Researcher, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
  • Elliot Mghenyi, MS - Young Professional, The World Bank, Washington, DC
  • Anna Medrano, MS - Staff Consultant, Asian Development Bank, Philippines
  • Joleen Hadrich, PhD - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • Malika Chaudhuri, PhD - Instructor, Department of Finance, Eli Broad School of Business, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Domenico Dentoni, PhD - Assistant Professor, Dept of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
  • Ernalyn Lising, MS - Consultant, Asian Development Bank, Mandaluyong City, Philippines
  • Ross Bowmar, MS - Commodity Market Trader, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Decatur, IL


  • Mariah Branch, MS - Director of Planning and Development, Prout Research Institute of Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela
  • Lilian Kirimi, PhD - Lecturer, Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya
  • Tomokazu Nagai, MS - Engineer, Rural Development Division,  NTC International Co., Ltd., Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Eric Wittenberg, MS - Research Specialist, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Catherine Ragasa, Ph.D. - Consultant, Agriculture & Rural Development Department, World Bank, Washington, DC
  • Mary Mathenge, PhD - Lecturer, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya


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