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.

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.

Tasks

  • examining topographical, physical and soil characteristics of farmland to determine its most effective use and identify nutrient deficiencies
  • assisting in developing new methods of planting, fertilising, harvesting and processing crops to achieve optimum land usage
  • identifying pathogenic micro-organisms and insects, parasites, fungi and weeds harmful to crops and livestock, and assisting in devising methods of control
  • analysing produce to set and maintain standards of quality
  • inspecting livestock to gauge the effectiveness of feed formulae
  • assisting in controlled breeding experiments to develop improved crop and livestock strains
  • arranging the supply of drugs, vaccines and other chemicals to Farmers and Farm Managers, and giving advice on their use
  • collecting and collating data for research
  • planning slaughtering, harvesting and other aspects of production processes
  • may advise producers on farming techniques and management

All Agricultural Technicians

  • $1,441 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 1,300 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 37% female Gender Share

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).

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Agricultural Technicians work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,441 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (80%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 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: 37% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
20083200
20092900
20101200
20111900
20122200
20131800
20141400
20152000
20163900
20172300
20181300
20231300

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsAgricultural TechniciansAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings14411460

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 Fishing37.2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services23.7
Public Administration and Safety16.3
Education and Training7.0
Other Industries15.8

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 TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW23.931.6
VIC22.925.6
QLD18.720.0
SA10.67.0
WA13.510.8
TAS6.82.0
NT1.31.0
ACT2.31.9

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 TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.2-5.05.0
20-249.8-9.39.3
25-3426.4-22.922.9
35-4420.2-22.022.0
45-5420.7-21.621.6
55-5911.0-9.09.0
60-646.3-6.06.0
65 and Over3.5-4.24.2

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 TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate9.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree28.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV19.9-21.121.1
Year 1213.8-18.118.1
Year 113.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below9.3-12.512.5

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.

Thinking about study or training?

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

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  • 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 VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Agricultural Technicians who have strong interpersonal skills, are flexible and can provide good customer service.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Biology

    68% Skill level

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

  2. Computers and Electronics

    67% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  3. Geography

    66% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  4. Mathematics

    65% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Clerical

    64% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

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Demands

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

  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    94% Important

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

  2. Being Exact or Accurate

    91% Important

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  3. Contact With Others

    87% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  4. Work With Work Group or Team

    84% Important

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

  5. Electronic Mail

    82% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

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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, 19-4011.01 - Agricultural Technicians.

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