Agricultural Scientists study commercial plants, animals and cultivation techniques to enhance the productivity of farms and agricultural industries.

Specialisations: Agronomist.

A bachelor degree in agricultural science or another related field is needed to work as an Agricultural Scientist. Many Agricultural Scientists complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Studies the environmental factors affecting commercial crop production, pasture growth, animal breeding, and the growth and health of forest trees.
  • Studies the effects of cultivation techniques, soils, insects and plant diseases on animal, crop and forest production.
  • Develops procedures and techniques for solving agricultural or horticultural problems and improving the efficiency of production.

More about Agricultural and Forestry Scientists

All Agricultural and Forestry Scientists

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

Agricultural Scientists

  • 2,700 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 87% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 28% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Agricultural Scientists (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 2,700 in 2011 to 2,700 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Agricultural Scientists work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (87%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 28% 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 Fishing29.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services28.0
Public Administration and Safety13.7
Wholesale Trade12.4
Other Industries16.2

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.
StateAgricultural ScientistsAll Jobs Average
NSW24.931.6
VIC20.125.6
QLD23.720.0
SA11.37.0
WA13.110.8
TAS4.32.0
NT0.81.0
ACT1.61.9

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 BracketAgricultural ScientistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.3-5.05.0
20-247.5-9.39.3
25-3425.6-22.922.9
35-4427.4-22.022.0
45-5421.7-21.621.6
55-599.3-9.09.0
60-645.1-6.06.0
65 and Over3.2-4.24.2

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 QualificationAgricultural ScientistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate30.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree50.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV1.9-21.121.1
Year 124.7-18.118.1
Year 110.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.3-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in agricultural science or another related field is needed to work as an Agricultural Scientist. Many Agricultural Scientists complete postgraduate studies.

Membership with the Ag Institute Australia and the Australian Society of Agronomy may be useful.

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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. Biology

    79% Skill level

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

  2. Education and Training

    78% Skill level

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

  3. English Language

    71% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    67% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Chemistry

    63% Skill level

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

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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, 19-1013.00 - Soil and Plant Scientists.

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  1. Electronic Mail

    99% Important

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  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    93% Important

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  3. Freedom to Make Decisions

    90% Important

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

  4. Telephone

    90% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  5. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    89% Important

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

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