Agricultural scientists combine labratory and research skills with an in depth knowledge of the environment to study the science of commercial food and fibre production. Agricultural scientists may specialise in an area such as soil science or genetic engineering and are employed in resource trading organisations, government agencies, environmental consultancy agencies, food processing, farm management and biotechnology research organisations.

The work

Production: Employment can be directly on farms or in agribusinesses which service farms. Roles include farm consultants, agribusiness, commodity market services and financial/banking advice.

R&D and Extension: Research & development drives much of Australia’s productivity. Research areas include plant and animal breeding; pest, weed and disease management; nutrition; farm systems; and farm business economics.

Natural Resource Management: Farmers are our frontline environmentalists and spend a huge amount annually on managing pests, weeds, soil, natural vegetation and water.

Food Services: Farm production is only the beginning; most commodities need to be marketed, processed, packaged, transported and sold.agricultureperson

Education and Training: Knowledge and skills development is at the core of agriculture’s success, through schools, universities and adult education.

Policy: People with agricultural knowledge are sought in both public and private sectors for policy formulation and management. This includes trade policy, biosecurity, industry policy and commercial advice to companies engaged in agriculture. Agriculture in Australia is a major contributor to the national economy.

What you need

  • Many degrees are accepted, but degrees in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences are generally highly regarded.
  • High motivation
  • Strong ability to work in a team
  • Well-developed critical thinking and problem solving skills

Occupation profile

Agricultural & Forestry Scientists

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Average weekly earnings
(Full time workers, before tax)
Recent job growth
76.2%over 5 years
How many in this position are working full time? Future employment growth
agriculturepie 87.1%
Relatively steady


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