Agriculture is a good career choice if you're interested in food, fibre, bioenergy, supply chains, agribusiness, and protecting the environment. According to Graduate Careers Australia, agriculture is a major contributor to the Australian national economy. Its 126,000 full-time farmers annually produce $137 billion worth of product, which is 12 percent of Australia’s gross domestic product. Agriculture and its related industries support 1.6 million Australian jobs.
The skills I picked up from my degree such as laboratory skills, statistical analysis, disease and weed identification to name a few, I use every day in my job.
"A Bachelor of Science in Agriculture is a demanding course but certainly a rewarding one. Like in any science degree, the practicals are long but the most enjoyable part of the course, especially if you are a practical learner like me. Some of the practicals were off campus at the University of Sydney farms," explains Georgia.
In Australia, most of the careers opportunities in agriculture are in the private sector, including agribusinesses, private consultancies and laboratories. There are also some graduate positions in CSIRO, state and federal government departments. Overseas, there are opportunities in government departments of agriculture, non-government organisations (NGOs), agribusiness and CGIAR.
Agricultural employment opportunities
The starting salary as an agriculture graduate generally starts around $50-60,000 p.a. and this quickly increases to >$70,000 p.a. with 2 to 3 years of experience.
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Change the world by undertaking an agriculture and food course. Develop expertise in the multidisciplinary world of agriculture, as you examine how living systems are managed, how they interact with the environment, and how they contribute to our economic and social systems.