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Agricultural and Forestry Scientists advise farmers, rural industries and government on aspects of farming, develop techniques for increasing productivity, and study and develop plans and policies for the management of forest areas.
Advises farmers, agricultural businesses, rural industries and government on the production, processing and distribution of farm products.
Specialisations: Agricultural Extension Officer, Landcare Officer
Studies commercial plants, animals and cultivation techniques to enhance the productivity of farms and agricultural industries.
Studies, develops and manages forest areas to maintain commercial and recreational uses, conserve flora and fauna, and protect against fire, pests and diseases.
Specialisations: Forestry Adviser, Forestry Consultant
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a medium sized occupation employing 14,100 workers. The number of workers has grown very strongly over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to stay about the same at 14,200. Around 6,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually required. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Agricultural and Forestry Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Teaching and course design.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change. Danger signs and disposal methods.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Reading work related information.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Read and understand written information.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Use rules to solve problems.
Make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information.
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-1013.00 - Soil and Plant Scientists.
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often do you use electronic mail?
How often do you talk with people face-to-face?
How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?
How often do you talk on the telephone?
How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.