Careers in Ag

There are exciting and diverse career opportunities available in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries in Australia.

Careers in primary industries:
                                                             
Career Harvest
 is a hub for the most cutting-edge careers within the food and fibre industries. Whether you’re interested in feeding the world, adapting to climate change, developing the environment or managing future energy sources, this site helps create clearer pathways for you to harvest your agricultural career. Choose a career that ignites leadership. Choose a career that feeds the world. Choose a career in Food and Fibre - let's begin. 

Interested in reducing world poverty, starting your own business, innovative technology, research and development, or travel? Careers in our primary industries don't all involve driving a tractor or shearing a sheep - they can require high level science, maths and technology skills. The range of careers available in food and fibre industries are endless - take a look at these NSW Department of Primary Industry case studies.

DPI NSW have also released primary industries careers profiles for primary school students featuring the Lego Farmer, and other characters developed by Little Brick Pastoral. Download here.

ONtrack - Real Skills, Real Future is a Rural Skills Australia resource that uses animations and videos to explore a range of careers on and off the farm (requires flash).

Seafood Jobs Tasmania is a job application site with links to further training opportunities for Tasmanian employers and jobseekers to find their fit. 

The NSW Department of Industry has created the Smart and Skilled Job Guides for several career pathways, including careers such as crop farmer and environmental scientist. These guides are not specificly primary industries based, but offer good information.  

The Queensland government has recently released the Quality Workforce Handbook for the beef industry in order to make the industry better equipped to recruit, develop and retain its future workforce. The new Quality Workforce Handbook contains a range of tools to assist beef sector employers and potential employees, including position descriptions, salary-package calculators and career pathway models. These tools will benefit the industry by enabling a consistent approach to workforce management and development as well as highlighting the long-term career opportunities for potential employees. More information is available HERE.

"Making the Most of It" is a short video showcasing innovation and career opportunities for students in agricultural industries. It is seen through the eyes of Justin Whittle who is studying a Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security at Western Sydney University. This is a great resource for students, particularly those keen on a career in innovation in the industry. watch video.

More information is found by accessing the following website resources

Rural Skills Australia's Rural Career Guide is a combined resource for students and job seekers, new entrants to the industry, parents and educators, counsellors and employers. It features career descriptions, interactive displays, education and training options to highlight career pathways in rural and related industries.

Agricareer is a DPI (Tasmania) website featuring six case studies on YouTube that show the diversity of career pathways in agribusiness and profile the food and agriculture sectors of the State. It explores how six young Tasmanians with diverse skills and backgrounds are creating rewarding careers within Tasmanian agribusiness.

Careers in seafood. Profiles and short videos on careers as an aquaculture farmhand; aquaculture research scientist; dive team leader; oyster farmer; professional commercial fisherman; and a quality control officer at the Sydney fish markets.

myfuture is an extensive Australian careers information and exploration service by the Australian, state and territory governments.

Growing careers is a resource by Forest and Wood Products Australia Ltd (FWPA) that provides information about forest and wood products industry careers.