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Agricultural Scientist
Occupation in demand Occupation in demand Specialised occupation Specialised occupation

Studies commercial plants, animals and cultivation techniques to enhance the productivity of farms and agricultural industries.


Tasks Include:


  • collecting and analysing data and samples of produce, feed, soil and other factors affecting production
  • advising Farmers and Farm Managers on techniques for improving the production of crops and livestock, and alternative agricultural options
  • advising farmers on issues such as livestock and crop disease, control of pests and weeds, soil improvement, animal husbandry and feeding programs
  • studying the environmental factors affecting commercial crop production, pasture growth, animal breeding, and the growth and health of forest trees
  • studying the effects of cultivation techniques, soils, insects and plant diseases on animal, crop and forest production
  • developing procedures and techniques for solving agricultural problems and improving the efficiency of production
  • managing forest resources to maximise their long-term commercial, recreational and environmental benefits for the community
  • studying the propagation and culture of forest trees, methods for improving the growth of stock, and the effects of thinning on forest yields
  • preparing plans for reafforestation and devising efficient harvesting systems
Specialisations
  • Agronomist
Job prospects for Agricultural and Forestry Scientists in Victoria

Occupations in the Agricultural and Forestry Scientists group include Agricultural Consultant, Agricultural Scientist and Forester.

Employment prospects
Skills shortage: this occupation needs more skilled workers now. There are currently 2,900 Agricultural and Forestry Scientists in Victoria. Over the next five years, the size of this occupation is expected to grow. Employment prospects for the next five years are stable.

For more information about this occupation at a national level visit the Job Outlook website. External link

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