The number of people working as Agricultural and Forestry Scientists (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 8,300 in 2018 to 9,300 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 5,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,000 a year).
- Size: This is a small occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
- Location: Agricultural and Forestry 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.
- Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,218 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
- Full-time: Most work full-time (81%, 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 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
- Gender: 26% 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.