CAREER OPTIONS
IN AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURE


A career in agriculture doesn’t just mean working on the farm. There are huge opportunities for a diverse, exciting, stimulating and secure job in the agricultural industry. But how do you find out about these opportunities?

We have brought together some key resources to help you get started on your journey — or your career change.


WHAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU?

Check out OnTrack — AgrifoodCareers interactive exploration of the careers available in agriculture, from in the city to on the farm.

Visit the Rural Career Guide! It provides job descriptions, interactive pages and education and training guides for a range of career options.

Career Harvest is a must visit! Pop in your skills, location and level of education and understand the many career pathways available to you!

Go to Ausagventures (*WEBSITE currently down*) to read career profiles of people from all over the industry!

The Job Guide has 209 different job options to explore in agriculture. Learn what a geoscience technician, a musterer, a oenologist or a tree surgeon does — and many, many more! 

"Agriculture is more than cows and ploughs" — check out AgForce's Open the Gate videos to get to know a few people who work in the agricultural industry.

Check out AgForce's School to Industry Booklet, which asks what you are interested in and gives you a range of career profiles to choose from!

Learn it, Live it, Love it is a site by AgriFood Skills Australia that is jam-packed full of information about careers, pathways and profiles of people in a range of jobs.

The MyFuture website introduces you to the many career options in AgricultureAgriculture, forestry and fishing support servicesAquacultureFishing, hunting and trapping, and Forestry and logging

Know what you love, or what you are good at? Maybe you like working with your hands, or like sport, or you enjoy science and maths? Check out the links on the AgrifoodCareers website. They provide you with options for all passions and skills!

Refer to the Australian Government's Job Outlook site to learn about the job prospects, weekly earnings, skills, vacancies, and training opportunities for a huge list of different career options.

LandLearn has a jam-packed site full of career options, industries, skills information, profiles and career hints for students of different ages.

Are you a visual learner? Go and check out SkillsOneTV, which has a heap of videos that explore differ career pathways.

Read a number of case studies of people in food, agricultural science and natural careers in the brochure created by PICSE.

Agricareer explores how six young Tasmanians with a range of skills and backgrounds are excelling in Tasmanian agribusiness.

Check out the A-Z of Cotton Careers at Cotton Australia!

Meet the range of Young Farming Champions at the Art4Agriculture blog website.

Learn about becoming a woolclasser or appraiser at AWEX.

A word from our Canadian friends below!


Are you at secondary school and want to know what your options for obtaining qualifications before you leave?


Know what you want to do, but don't know how to get there?

Australian Apprenticeships Pathways lets you know what level of training/accreditation you will need for different roles in agriculture, horticulture and conservation and land management. 

Ausagventures have created a list of list of all the tertiary education institutions where you can undertake education and/or training in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, forestry and fisheries.

Check out PICSE's Conceptual Pathway Diagram, which outlines some of the major higher education and vocational training pathways to careers in Australia’s primary industries.

Understand the stepping stones to a career in dairy from Dairy Australia.

LOOKING FOR AN APPRENTICESHIP?

SkillsOne introduce you to what to expect from an apprenticeship in agriculture.

Check out Australian Apprenticeships Pathways. They show the wide array of apprenticeships (including school-based apprenticeships) available and what courses you can do to get there!

Search for Training Services available in NSW at the DET Department website.


WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO YOU NEED?

Refer to Rural Skills Australia's training guides for different sectors of the industry — Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management. 

WhERE DO I STUDY OR SEEK TRAINING?

Check out our Education and Training page.


Looking for scholarships?

Head over to Rural Skills Australia Scholarship Page to see where you can get a helping hand from.

The Country Education Foundation of Australia lists tertiary scholarship guides for each state and territory.

Go over and have a look at Career Harvest. They provide a huge database of scholarship options.

Check out Cotton Australia's scholarship page.

Have a look at RIRDC's Horizon Scholarship — "A scholarship for the next generation of agricultural leaders".

AgriFoodSkills brings together a wide range of industry and government scholarship opportunities (now Food and Agribusiness Solutions).

See what the RASNSW have to offer!

For postgraduate scholarships, look no further than JASON, the postgraduate scholarship database for Australia.

Individual universities also offer their own scholarships. Refer to our Education & Training page to see which universities offer agricultural courses.


At university and looking for internship options?

Visit Career Harvest's Internship page for links to a number of internship opportunities.

GradConnection has a search option to find relevant agricultural internships.

AgriFoodSkills has a comprehensive list of government and industry internships.


What are my options as a graduate?

Check out GradConnection for a list of Government agencies and companies with graduate employment programs.

Go to the Jobs and Employment page to see the list of job service providers that advertise roles.