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After completing an agriculture course, you’ll be qualified to seek employment in a range of different roles, including working as an agricultural scientist or technician, as a farm manager or assistant, or in production and quality control for agricultural industries.
In any agricultural role, you’ll likely work with plant and animal science, agricultural systems and planning, and consider a range of economical, ethical and environmental perspectives in your work.
If you work as an agricultural technician or scientist, you might perform tasks like:
If you work as a farm manager or farm hand, you might perform tasks like:
You’ll enjoy working in agriculture if you:
Graduates of agriculture courses can expect to enjoy strong employment demand for their skills, with the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture stating that three jobs currently exist for graduates of agriculture and related courses.
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook offers employment prospects for a range of roles within the agriculture sector, and agrees generally that employment prospects for agriculture graduates are increasing.
Job opportunities for farmers and farm managers are expected to remain stable or grow slightly over the next few years, employing an additional 300 people by 2020, Job Outlook estimates. Opportunities for farmers have contracted over the past decade, but the sector will stabilise and expand over the next decade.
Similarly, agricultural scientists will enjoy a period of relative employment stability, with Job Outlook predicting that the volatility in job opportunities from the last decade will stabilise, and the profession will grow by approximately 10 per cent to 2020.
A range of salary predictions is available for professionals working in the agriculture industry. According to PayScale, an agronomist can expect to earn on average approximately $60,000 per year; a farm manager can expect to earn approximately $65,000 per year; a farm hand can expect to earn approximately $39,000 per year; an operations manager can expect to earn approximately $88,000 per year; and an office manager can expect to earn approximately $53,000 per year. Generally, professionals in this industry can expect to command higher salaries with higher qualifications or more years of work experience.