Your degree in Food and Resource Economics

Skills you'll develop

While studying Food and Resource Economics, you’re learning to use economic principles and science to address challenges related to the effective management of resources in our food system.

You’ll develop important skills that help with business management by studying food system issues, and using data and economic tools to better understand how resources are traded, transported, and marketed.

These skills may include:

  • Data preparation (validation) and processing (modeling)
  • Probabilistic and logical and reasoning
  • Numerical computation
  • Organization of data to facilitate interpretation and application
  • Economic research to influence programs in food systems like agriculture
  • Complex pattern recognition
  • Statistical and data analysis
  • Survey and experimental design
  • Technical skills in statistical concepts, logic, and specialized software (SQL, R)
  • Application of ethical considerations and consideration of societal implications in international development and policy making

Find career possibilities

Career opportunities vary across a range of fields including government regulatory agencies, public policy, agriculture, resource forecasting, supply chain management, business operations, data management, health and pharmaceuticals, food research and development, sustainability consulting, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Business development officer
  • Economic policy analyst
  • Employment equity policy consultant
  • Energy policy analyst
  • Environmental issues lobbyist
  • Environmental lobbyist
  • Health policy research analyst
  • Housing policy analyst
  • Immigration policy analyst
  • International trade economist
  • International trade policy manager
  • Labour economist
  • Labour policy analyst
  • Marketing analyst
  • Natural resources economist
  • Natural resources policy analyst
  • Plant protection inspector
  • Regional development analyst
  • Social policy researcher
  • Tax economist
  • Trade development director
  • Trade economist

Make the most of your major

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Food Resource and Economics graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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