Cotton Growers manage planting, cultivating and harvesting activities to grow cotton plants.

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

    Tasks

    • Co-ordinates production and marketing of cotton, from soil preparation to harvest taking into account environmental and market factors.
    • Selects and plants seeds.
    • Maintains crop production by cultivating and maintains optimal growing conditions.
    • Organises and conducts farming operations, such as collecting, storing, grading and packaging produce, as well as organising the sale, purchase and dispatch of produce.
    • Directs and oversees general farming activities, such as fertilising and pest and weed control.
    • Maintains farm buildings, fences, equipment and water supply systems.
    • Maintains and evaluates records of farming activities, monitors market activity and plans crop preparation and production, to meet contract requirements and market demands.
    • Manages business capital including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management.
    • May select, train and supervise staff and contractors.

    All Crop Farmers

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

    Cotton Growers

    • 370 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 55 hours Average full-time
    • 45 years Average age
    • 14% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Cotton Growers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 540 in 2011 to 370 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Cotton Growers work in New South Wales and Queensland.
    • Industries: Most work in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 55 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (51%).
    • Gender: 14% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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 Fishing99.2
    Wholesale Trade0.8

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateCotton GrowersAll Jobs Average
    NSW58.431.6
    VIC0.025.6
    QLD41.620.0
    SA0.07.0
    WA0.010.8
    TAS0.02.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketCotton GrowersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.8-5.05.0
    20-248.2-9.39.3
    25-3416.3-22.922.9
    35-4423.7-22.022.0
    45-5421.5-21.621.6
    55-599.0-9.09.0
    60-6410.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over10.4-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationCotton GrowersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.9-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree14.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma15.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV23.6-21.121.1
    Year 1219.3-18.118.1
    Year 112.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below24.1-12.512.5

    You can work as a Cotton Grower without formal qualifications, however, 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.

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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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    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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    1. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      99% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

    2. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      98% Important

      How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      96% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Freedom to Make Decisions

      96% Important

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    5. In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment

      94% Important

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