Your degree in Food and Resource Economics

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

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely 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. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that 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.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre
Access this state-of-the-art facility which provides opportunities for dairy research and education.

UBC Farm
Get involved with many different opportunities in teaching and research on this 24-hectare community farm on campus.

UBC Wine Research Centre
Connect with this centre that brings together researchers from the Vancouver and Kelowna campuses focused on technological advancement of the wine industry in British Columbia and Canada.

UBC Economics Student Association
Build professional connections by joining other students who have a passion for economics and global affairs by attending events.

UBC Environmental Policy Association
Engage in discussion-based events geared towards environmental policy to analyze economic and political responses to climate change.

UBC Undergraduate Research Opportunities club
Discover research opportunities, events, programs, and student competitions in life sciences.

The Social Justice Centre
Join fellow students seeking to find solutions to socio-economic inequalities.

Patented Medicine Prices Review Board
Learn how this board protects Canadians on the prices of patented medicines  

World Health Organization
Work with this international organization with a commitment to achieve better health for everyone.

Agora Eats Café
Provide affordable, healthy food choices volunteering with this student-run café within the MacMillan building.

Make connections

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 exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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