Care for crops, animals, and the environment


Want to work in the great outdoors?

You don’t have to be a farmer to work in this diverse sector. From agriculture and horticulture, forestry and fisheries, to dairy farming or biosecurity, you can build a career that gets you outside.

Cutting-edge tech is transforming this industry, and you could find yourself monitoring herds via drone, investigating marine stocks via minisub, or developing crops that feed more people with less drain on resources.

  • Agricultural Economist
  • Fisheries Officer
  • Wildlife Manager
  • Parks & Wildlife Service

  • Food Scientist
  • Aquatic Ecologist
  • Forester
  • Arborist

  • Farmer
  • Vet or Vet Nurse
  • Horticulturalist
  • Landscaper

Industry Outlook

Australia’s agricultural industry is expected to produce $60 Billion in value in 2018/19, so there’s no shortage of employment. Sector-wide, there’s an increase in technology driven roles as more farms seek to automate and increase production, and that’s where many of the opportunities are.

As a country, we need to farm smarter (and look after our natural resources in a smarter way too). So the demand for roles like agricultural and forestry scientists, remote monitoring and sensing technologists, and ecologists will be strong for the years to come.

Strong future growth is also expected for operators in agriculture, forestry and horticulture too, but requires lower skill levels (meaning anyone could gain work in the industry).

Do you have what it takes?

The agricultural, rural and natural environment industries have become highly technical and your career could potentially take you anywhere.

You’ll need to be prepared to work hard, remain open to challenges, and be a ‘self-starter’.

You’ll need to keep up with change – as the agricultural and horticultural industries go through an immense period of innovation and diversification it’s impossible to tell where you could end up.

  • Determination
  • Enjoy working with your hands
  • Enjoy working outdoors

  • Self-starter
  • Strong time management
  • Good organisational skills

  • An awareness of cultural and environmental considerations
  • Self-reliance

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