Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operators operate agricultural and horticultural plants to clear and cultivate land, and sow and harvest crops.

Specialisations: Cotton Picking Machine Operator, Harvester Operator, Tractor Operator.

You can work as an Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in rural machinery operations might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Prepares and positions plant for operation.
  • Operates tractor-drawn and self-propelled plant to plough land and sow, fertilise, cultivate and harvest crops and avoid damaging crops.
  • Adjusts speed, height and depth of implements.
  • Keeps log tallies and writes work reports.
  • Services plant and performs minor repairs.

More about Agricultural, Forestry & Horticultural Operators

All Agricultural, Forestry & Horticultural Operators

  • $1,500 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operators

  • 8,200 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 49 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 6% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operators (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
from 7,600 in 2011 to 8,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operators work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Public Administration and Safety; and Administrative and Support Services.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (80%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 6% 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 Fishing75.2
Public Administration and Safety7.5
Administrative and Support Services4.2
Manufacturing3.6
Other Industries9.5

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.
StateAgricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW23.631.6
VIC17.525.6
QLD34.720.0
SA9.87.0
WA9.810.8
TAS4.02.0
NT0.41.0
ACT0.21.9

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 BracketAgricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.4-5.05.0
20-2411.1-9.39.3
25-3420.1-22.922.9
35-4417.3-22.022.0
45-5421.5-21.621.6
55-5910.0-9.09.0
60-648.6-6.06.0
65 and Over6.9-4.24.2

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 QualificationAgricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree2.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV30.0-21.121.1
Year 1216.4-18.118.1
Year 117.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below39.2-12.512.5

You can work as an Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in rural machinery operations might be helpful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • forklift licence
  • manual drivers licence
  • medium rigid (MR) driver's licence
  • heavy ridged (HR) driver's licence
  • Psychometric or aptitude tests

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.

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Employers look for Agricultural, Forestry & Horticultural Operators who are trustworthy and responsible, can communicate with a variety of people and have good team work skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Food production

    77% Skill level

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

  2. Chemistry

    63% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  3. Administration and management

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Technical design

    55% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  5. Building and construction

    53% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-2091.00 - Agricultural Equipment Operators.

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Demands

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

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    100% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    96% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  3. In an open vehicle or equipment

    95% Important

    Work in an open vehicle (e.g., a tractor).

  4. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    95% Important

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

  5. Telephone

    90% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-2091.00 - Agricultural Equipment Operators.

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