Students in this sector gain knowledge about global, regional and local issues from food production and farming, to food security and maintaining a safe and balanced natural environment.
Agriculture and Environmental Science
- Jobs in this field are in high demand with five available for every agriculture graduate in Australia
- 50 % of all agricultural jobs in Australia are in major cities and metropolitan areas
- There are 7 Australian academic institutions ranked in the top 100 universities for agriculture
- There are 7 Australian academic institutions ranked in the top 100 universities for environmental science
What is agriculture and environmental science?
Studying in this field students will gain knowledge about global, regional and local issues from food production and farming, to food security and maintaining a safe and balanced natural environment.
Inside the agriculture and environmental science field of study, students can learn the theory and practice of:
- Crop production
- Animal production and management
- Environmental impact assessment
- Forestry resource management
- Soil and water conservation
- Aquatic resource management
- Natural resource management
- Geographical sciences
- Agricultural science
An undergraduate degree in this field will generally fall under a science or business based program. Students will be able to choose to specialise in areas students are interested in such as crop science, animal genetics and sustainable agriculture.
Postgraduate and research degrees will provide students with expert knowledge in an area of their choice. A Master in Environmental Science is a common postgraduate degree in this field.
What could my future look like?
Australia’s diverse and natural environment is recognised around the world and is the perfect landscape to gain expert knowledge and experience in the field. Gaining qualified skills from some of the industry’s leading professors.
As of August 2019, only 318,600 people were employed in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries in Australia. This accounted for approximately 2.5 per cent of the national workforce. This is a booming industry and requires skilled professionals to be able to cater to a growing workforce demand.
After graduations, students should be qualified and get skills assessed as suitable for Australian standard.
The Agricultural profession in the skills lists is:
- Agricultural Engineer
- Agricultural Consultant
- Agricultural Scientist
- Agricultural Technician
- Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator
Employment in rural and regional Australia post study is recommended. For recent graduates, doing time in regional areas is considered favourable for migration and future secure employment in metropolitan areas.
494 - Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (subclass 494)
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482)
186 - Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
407 - Training (subclass 407)