Agricultural Consultants advise farmers, agricultural businesses, rural industries and government on the production, processing and distribution of farm products.

Specialisations: Agricultural Extension Officer, Landcare Officer.

You usually need a bachelor degree in agribusiness or agricultural science or another related field to work as an Agricultural Consultant. In some states, training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Collects and analyses data and samples of produce, fertiliser, feed, soil and other factors affecting production.
  • Advises farmers and farm managers on techniques for improving the production of crops and livestock, and alternative agricultural options.
  • Advises farmers on issues such as livestock and crop disease, control of pests and weeds, soil improvement, animal husbandry and feeding programmes.

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All Agricultural and Forestry Scientists

  • $2,218 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Agricultural Consultants

  • 1,700 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 29% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Agricultural Consultants (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 1,900 in 2011 to 1,700 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Agricultural Consultants work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Public Administration and Safety; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (71%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 49 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (59%).
  • Gender: 29% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Agricultural Consultants and Scientists in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Agricultural Consultants and Scientists.

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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 Fishing43.6
Public Administration and Safety20.6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services19.0
Manufacturing5.1
Other Industries11.7

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 ConsultantsAll Jobs Average
NSW24.831.6
VIC22.325.6
QLD22.220.0
SA9.47.0
WA14.210.8
TAS5.22.0
NT0.81.0
ACT1.11.9

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 BracketAgricultural ConsultantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.7-5.05.0
20-243.5-9.39.3
25-3414.5-22.922.9
35-4422.0-22.022.0
45-5423.3-21.621.6
55-5911.1-9.09.0
60-6411.2-6.06.0
65 and Over13.8-4.24.2

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 ConsultantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate22.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree39.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV10.2-21.121.1
Year 127.4-18.118.1
Year 112.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below4.7-12.512.5

You usually need a bachelor degree in agribusiness or agricultural science or another related field to work as an Agricultural Consultant. In some states, training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Membership with the Ag Institute Australia and Crop Consultants Australia may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • 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, Forest and Wood Products Industry, Sustainability and Laboratory Operations VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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Employers look for Agricultural and Forestry Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and Training

    86% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    78% Skill level

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

  3. English Language

    72% Skill level

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

  4. Biology

    64% Skill level

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

  5. Food Production

    62% Skill level

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

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  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

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  2. Telephone

    100% Important

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  3. Freedom to Make Decisions

    94% Important

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  4. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    94% Important

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  5. Face-to-Face Discussions

    92% Important

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