Agricultural Technicians perform tests and experiments, and provide technical support to assist Agricultural Scientists in areas such as research, production, servicing and marketing.
Also known as: Agricultural Technical Officer.
Specialisations: Agriculture Laboratory Technician, Artificial Insemination Technical Officer, Dairy Technician, Field Crop Technical Officer, Herd Tester, Horticultural Technical Officer.
Earnings are median for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax, including amounts salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.
Source: ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), Customised Report.
The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change, compared to all other occupations. Possible ratings are
A lower unemployment rate shows people who work in this job are less likely to be out of work than people who work in other jobs.
Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.
Sources: ABS Labour Force Survey (custom trend) for 4-digit occupations (e.g., ANZSCO ID 1112) and 2016 Census for 6-digit occupations (e.g., ANZSCO ID 111211). As the figures come from different sources, the 6-digit figures may not sum to match the 4-digit totals.
Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job tasks. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job. Entry level jobs often need no prior training or experience. Possible ratings are
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
Average full-time hours is the actual hours worked in this job per week, by people who work full-time hours in all of their jobs combined.
This is the average age of all workers in this job. See the Prospects page for the full age profile.
The number of people working as Agricultural Technicians (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years: from 1,300 in 2018 to 1,300 by 2023.Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).There are likely to be around 1,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 200 a year).
You usually need a formal qualification in agriculture to work as an Agricultural Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Agricultural Technicians.
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Employers look for Agricultural Technicians who have strong interpersonal skills, are flexible and can provide good customer service.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Reading work related information.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Read and understand written information.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
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, 19-4011.01 - Agricultural Technicians.
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often do you talk with people face-to-face?
How important is being very exact or highly accurate?
How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?
How important is it to work with others in a group or team?
How often do you use electronic mail?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.