Agricultural Technicians perform tests and experiments, and provide technical support to assist Agricultural Scientists in areas such as research, production, servicing and marketing.

An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Around one in three workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed.

Tasks

  • examining topographical, physical and soil characteristics of farmland to determine its most effective use and identify nutrient deficiencies
  • assisting in developing new methods of planting, fertilising, harvesting and processing crops to achieve optimum land usage
  • identifying pathogenic micro-organisms and insects, parasites, fungi and weeds harmful to crops and livestock, and assisting in devising methods of control
  • analysing produce to set and maintain standards of quality
  • inspecting livestock to gauge the effectiveness of feed formulae
  • assisting in controlled breeding experiments to develop improved crop and livestock strains
  • arranging the supply of drugs, vaccines and other chemicals to Farmers and Farm Managers, and giving advice on their use
  • collecting and collating data for research
  • planning slaughtering, harvesting and other aspects of production processes
  • may advise producers on farming techniques and management

Job Titles

  • Agricultural Technician
  • Agricultural Technician (also called Agricultural Technical Officer)

    Specialisations: Agriculture Laboratory Technician, Artificial Insemination Technical Officer, Dairy Technician, Field Crop Technical Officer, Herd Tester, Horticultural Technical Officer

Fast Facts

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 2,600 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 81.5% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 32.2 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 51.4% female Gender Share

The number of Agricultural Technicians grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow moderately over the next 5 years:
from 2,600 in 2017 to 2,700 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 2,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Agricultural Technicians work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (81.5%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 32.2 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 51.4% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20072600
20083200
20092900
20101200
20111900
20122200
20131800
20141400
20151900
20164200
20172600
20222700

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services62.1
Public Administration and Safety10.8
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing10.3
Other Services7.5
Other Industries9.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateAgricultural TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW28.531.6
VIC0.026.2
QLD38.019.7
SA14.46.7
WA4.910.8
TAS14.22.0
NT0.01.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketAgricultural TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-242.1-9.99.9
25-3423.8-23.623.6
35-4429.3-21.721.7
45-5434.7-20.820.8
55-590.0-8.88.8
60-640.0-6.06.0
65 and Over10.2-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed.
Around one in three workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Agricultural Technicians who have strong interpersonal skills, are flexible and can provide good customer service.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mathematics

    83% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  2. Biology

    82% Important

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  3. Chemistry

    77% Important

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change. Danger signs and disposal methods.

  4. Administration and Management

    76% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  5. English Language

    73% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Documenting/Recording Information

    90% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  2. Getting Information

    89% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    87% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  4. Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

    83% Important

    Checking objects, actions, or events, keeping an eye out for problems.

  5. Processing Information

    82% Important

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-4011.01 - Agricultural Technicians.

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