Roles and responsibilities
There are many employers of agricultural scientists. These include state, territory and federal government departments, banks, and the private sector.
Most positions are in the area of research, advisory roles, teaching, management, administration, marketing and media.
Agricultural scientists may also work in horticulture and with flower growers, nursery operators and commercial firms trading in horticultural products such as frozen foods, seeds and fertilisers.
Although employment opportunities exist overseas, available positions frequently require postgraduate qualifications or work experience.
- collect and analyse data and samples of produce, feed, soil and other factors affecting production
- advise farmers and farm managers on techniques for improving the production of crops and livestock
- advise farmers on issues such as livestock and crop disease, control of pests and weeds, soil improvement, animal husbandry and feeding programs
- study environmental factors affecting commercial crop production, pasture growth and animal breeding
- study the effects of cultivation techniques, soils, insects and plant diseases on animal and crop production
- develop procedures and techniques for solving agricultural problems and improving the efficiency of production
Relevant postgraduate courses include: