Agricultural Research

Agricultural Research Scientists work with plant, soil and/or animal systems to provide food and fibre for growing populations in Australia and globally, in a challenging and changing climatic environment.

World food security is a big challenge and Australia is positioned to play a significant role. Agricultural research scientists have the communication skills and confidence to solve practical agricultural problems at farm, catchment and national levels.

The job prospects for agricultural research scientists are good, with many industries advertising graduate programs.

Salary: $50,000 as a first year graduate up to more than $200,000 for a senior research management role. (ABS Labour Force Survey, 2014).

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Some industries that employ Agricultural Research Scientists
  • National and state primary industry departments
  • Agricultural Research Laboratories
  • Agricultural producers
  • Farmer groups and agribusinesses
  • Mining companies for rehabilitation programs
Aptitudes for this career

Agricultural scientists possess strong analytical abilities, have good oral and written communication skills, and possess the ability to work well within a team.

Planning this career path
  • Engage with industry to confirm key interest areas and relevant work experience can make you more competitive.
  • Join and volunteer for industry relevant organisations (e.g. Royal Agricultural Society, RSPCA).
  • Look out for outreach activities at UNE for schools, as well as tertiary and vocational education students.

If you are currently in high school

  • Include mathematics; and biology and/or chemistry as part of your studies; and agricultural science if it is offered at your school.

Researcher feeding a calfCourse Choices for Agricultural Science Research

To become an agricultural research scientist managing your own projects you may need a postgraduate qualification such as a Masters or PhD.