Agronomy

Agronomy encompasses both soil and plant sciences associated with field crops and pastures and is directly responsible for the production of most food and fibre consumed and utilised by people and livestock.

Agronomists are plant and soil scientists who develop innovative farm practices and technologies that not only boost crop yields but also control pests and weeds and protect the environment. Agronomists are also professional practitioners, educators, and advisers who work directly with farmers, and companies, to implement the latest methods and tools for growing crops profitably and sustainability.

The average salary for an agronomist in Australia is $85,249 P/A and there is 37% job growth in this field in NSW. (Seek Learning).

Young crop plant

Tasks common in Agronomy
  • Collect and analyse data and samples of produce, feed and soil, and study other factors affecting production
  • Advise farmers and farm managers about techniques for improving the production of crops and livestock
  • Advise farmers about issues such as livestock and crop disease, control of pests and weeds, soil improvement, animal husbandry and feeding programs
  • Study environmental factors affecting commercial crop production, pasture growth and animal breeding
  • Study the effects of cultivation techniques, soils, insects and plant diseases on animal and crop production
  • Develop procedures and techniques for solving agricultural problems and improving the efficiency of production
Some industries that employ Agronomists
  • Independent consultants for farmers and small businesses
  • Research laboratories in crop and soil science
  • Farm management
  • Plant pathology and entomology
  • Plant breeding and genetics
  • Agricultural extension
Aptitudes for this career

Be able to analyse and solve problems, enjoy agriculture and the environment and be able to make accurate observations. Have excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work well within a team and enjoy working outdoors.

If you are in high school - keep taking science and mathematics subjects.