Agriculture, food and agribusiness

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Whether you want to be a part of cutting-edge agricultural research or help ensure food security for a better world, studying agriculture will provide you with valuable skills for various careers.

Agriculture isn't just about farms; it's a critical part of our economy and food security. Australia's agriculture industry generates over $60 billion in revenue annually, contributing significantly to our GDP. As our population grows and global demand for food skyrockets, the role of agriculture will become even more critical. It's not just about producing more; it's about producing smarter and more sustainably.

The sector will play a vital role in meeting these challenges through technological innovations, precision agriculture, and environmentally conscious farming methods. Studying science with a background in agriculture will equip graduates with the expertise to exploit new and exciting technologies such as sensors, robotics and big data analytics to tackle global food issues.

Choosing a career in agriculture offers an opportunity to be at the forefront of this critical transformation and contribute to sustainable practices that safeguard the environment and ensure a resilient and prosperous future for future generations. 

What are the career opportunities in agriculture?

Agriculture offers diverse career paths – from agribusiness to research, policy, and sustainable practices, and provides unlimited opportunities if you're looking for a career that's impactful, future-focused, and vital to our nation's well-being.

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

Jobs in agriculture

Agriculture consultants work on a diverse range of projects, including soil analysis, crop selection, pest and disease management, irrigation strategies, and overall farm management practices. They may also offer guidance on adopting innovative technologies and implementing sustainable farming methods.

Consultants have the opportunity to directly contribute to the success and sustainability of the agricultural industry, which is vital for global food security. They work closely with farmers, fostering relationships and making a tangible impact on their livelihoods.

The role also demands continuous learning and adaptation to new advancements in agricultural science and technology - it’s intellectually stimulating and there are always new challenges to solve.

With the increasing focus on sustainable agriculture and the need for efficient resource utilisation, agriculture consulting presents a promising and fulfilling career path for those passionate about the intersection of science, agriculture, and environmental stewardship.

Expected annual salary: $140,700 *World Salaries

Biotechnologists apply the principles of biology, chemistry, and engineering to develop and improve products, processes, and technologies that utilise living organisms or biological systems.

In agriculture, biotechnologists focus on creating genetically modified crops that are more drought and disease resistant, and contribute to the development of sustainable agricultural practices.

They also contribute to environmental conservation efforts, creating biofuels, biodegradable materials, and waste treatment technologies. The field offers a diverse range of career opportunities, from research and development roles to regulatory affairs and entrepreneurship.

Biotechnologists are at the forefront of innovation, using biological knowledge to address the most pressing issues facing society today.

Average annual salary: $124,000 *World Salaries

Food scientists study and improve the quality, safety, and nutritional value of food products. They work across various sectors of the food industry, including research and development, quality assurance, production, and regulatory compliance.

Food scientists employ a multidisciplinary approach, drawing from chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and nutrition to create innovative and sustainable food solutions. They might develop new recipes, analyse food components for nutritional content, conduct sensory evaluations, and implement food safety protocols.

With a growing global population and increasing demands for sustainable and nutritious food options, food scientists are at the forefront of the fight against food insecurity.

Graduates have a wide range of career opportunities, from research and development roles in the private sector to regulatory and public health positions in government agencies, making it an excellent choice for those passionate about improving our food systems.

Expected annual salary: $130,400 *World Salaries

Marketers in agriculture promote gricultural products, services, and brands to target audiences. They play a crucial role in connecting producers with consumers, distributors, and retailers within the agricultural industry.

They work on creating compelling marketing campaigns, developing branding strategies, and analysing consumer behaviour trends. Some roels involve organising industry events, managing social media accounts, and maintaining relationships with stakeholders in the agricultural sector.

Specialising in agricultural marketing provides an opportunity to bridge the gap between producers and consumers, fostering economic growth within the agricultural industry. It's a creative environment where professionals can apply innovative marketing techniques to promote sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural practices, sometimes working on remote farms for video shoots or interviewing agribusinesses for media releases.

This career path offers a diverse range of opportunities, from working with agricultural cooperatives and agribusinesses to marketing agencies specialising in the agricultural sector, ensuring a fulfilling and impactful career for individuals passionate about both marketing and agriculture.

Average annual salary: $90,900 *World Salaries

What to study?

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Sukh Benipal

Sukh Benipal
Master of Agriculture and Environment
From agriculture science to corporate insurance, Sukh's journey at the University of Sydney proves an agriculture degree can open doors beyond the farm.
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