Vegetable Growers manage farming, greenhouse and market garden operations to grow vegetables.

Specialisations: Market Gardener (Vegetables).

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

Tasks

  • Co-ordinates production and marketing of crops, from soil preparation through to harvest, taking into account environmental and market factors.
  • Plants seeds and seedlings as well as grafts new varieties to root stocks.
  • Maintains crop production by cultivating, de-budding and pruning, as well as maintaining optimal growing conditions.
  • Conducts market garden operations, such as collecting, storing, grading and packaging produce, and organising the sale, purchase and dispatch of produce.
  • Directs and oversees general activities such as fertilising and the control of pests and weeds.
  • Maintains buildings, fences, equipment and water supply systems.
  • Maintains and evaluates records of 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.
  • May select, train and supervise staff and contractors.

All Crop Farmers

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

Vegetable Growers

  • 6,200 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 74% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 52 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 31% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Vegetable Growers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 6,800 in 2011 to 6,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Vegetable Growers work in many parts of Australia. South Australia 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 52 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (57%).
  • Gender: 31% 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 Fishing95.8
Retail Trade1.6
Administrative and Support Services0.9
Wholesale Trade0.6
Other Industries1.1

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.
StateVegetable GrowersAll Jobs Average
NSW24.731.6
VIC21.925.6
QLD21.420.0
SA15.17.0
WA11.010.8
TAS4.32.0
NT1.41.0
ACT0.11.9

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 BracketVegetable GrowersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.3-5.05.0
20-244.5-9.39.3
25-3416.1-22.922.9
35-4420.8-22.022.0
45-5426.0-21.621.6
55-5912.5-9.09.0
60-649.0-6.06.0
65 and Over9.8-4.24.2

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 QualificationVegetable GrowersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree7.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV12.4-21.121.1
Year 1222.5-18.118.1
Year 116.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below43.8-12.512.5

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

Membership with AUSVEG 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. Production and Processing

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    67% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Biology

    65% Skill level

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

  4. Sales and Marketing

    65% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  5. Administration and Management

    63% Skill level

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

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Demands

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

  1. Freedom to Make Decisions

    97% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  2. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    96% Important

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

  3. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    96% Important

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

  4. Responsible for Others' Health and Safety

    95% Important

    How responsible are you for the health and safety of others?

  5. Work With Work Group or Team

    95% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

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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, 11-9013.01 - Nursery and Greenhouse Managers.

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