Fruit or Nut Growers manage planting, cultivating and harvesting activities to grow fruit and nuts.

Specialisations: Market Gardener (Fruit), Olive Grower, Orchardist.

You can work as a Fruit or Nut Grower without formal qualifications, however, relevant crop farming experience is generally needed. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Co-ordinates production and marketing of fruit and nuts, from soil preparation through to harvest, taking into account environmental and market factors.
  • Plants seeds and seedlings as well as grafting new varieties to root stocks.
  • Maintains crop production by cultivating, de-budding and pruning, as well as maintaining optimal growing conditions.
  • Conducts farming operations, such as collecting, storing, grading and packaging produce, and organising the sale, purchase and dispatch of produce.
  • Oversees general farming activities such as fertilising and the control of pests and weeds.
  • Maintains farm buildings, fences, equipment and water supply systems.
  • Evaluates records of farming activities, monitoring market activity, and planning crop preparation and production to meet contract requirements and market demand.
  • Manages business capital, including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management.
  • Selects trains and supervises staff and contractors.

All Crop Farmers

  • $1,788 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Fruit and Nut Growers

  • 7,700 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 74% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 50 hours Average full-time
  • 52 years Average age
  • 26% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Fruit and Nut Growers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 8,700 in 2011 to 7,700 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Fruit and Nut Growers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (74%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 50 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 52 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (66%).
  • Gender: 26% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing95.5
Manufacturing1.2
Retail Trade0.8
Administrative and Support Services0.7
Other Industries1.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateFruit and Nut GrowersAll Jobs Average
NSW25.931.6
VIC19.825.6
QLD30.920.0
SA9.57.0
WA9.510.8
TAS3.12.0
NT1.21.0
ACT0.11.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketFruit and Nut GrowersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.9-5.05.0
20-244.3-9.39.3
25-3413.3-22.922.9
35-4416.0-22.022.0
45-5422.4-21.621.6
55-5912.5-9.09.0
60-6411.6-6.06.0
65 and Over19.0-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationFruit and Nut GrowersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree10.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV18.1-21.121.1
Year 1219.8-18.118.1
Year 117.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below31.1-12.512.5

You can work as a Fruit or Nut Grower without formal qualifications, however, relevant crop farming experience is generally needed. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Membership with the National Farmers' Federation may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • 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.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


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Employers look for Crop Farmers who can communicate and connect well with others and who are reliable.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Food production

    70% Skill level

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

  2. Administration and management

    70% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  3. Production and processing

    69% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  4. Mathematics

    68% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Economics and accounting

    65% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Unstructured work

    99% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  2. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    98% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    96% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    96% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    94% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

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