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Agricultural Scientist

What is it like to be a Agricultural Scientist?

Agricultural scientists study commercial plants, animals, cultivation techniques, soil and water health, farming systems, and the food and produce chain to improve the productivity and sustainability of agricultural industries.

Traditionally, employment is found within a team of other scientists or alternatively as an individual – within laboratories, offices, in the field, or a combination of these.

For more information about a career as an Agricultural Scientist, visit the Job Outlook website.

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014.

Is it right for me?

Agricultural scientists are required to be highly observant, possess strong analytical abilities, and most importantly have a keen interest in science and the environment.

Other attributes key to success as an agricultural scientist include:

  • good problem-solving skills
  • strong oral and written communication skills
  • ability to work well within a team
  • good organisational and supervisory skills.
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