Study commercial plants, animals and cultivation techniques to enhance the productivity of farms and agricultural industries.
- Act as a consultant in the application of science to the practice of agriculture.
- Carry out research programs on the breeding, nutrition needs and disease resistance of plants and animals.
- Provide technical information to farmers and commercial firms trading in agricultural commodities.
- Study the effects of agriculture on the environment by collecting and analysing samples of soil, groundwater and plants.
- Carry out experimental programs in controlled environments to develop better environmental management methods.
- Assist farmers in the planning and monitoring of agricultural activities, and in the diagnosis and treatment of problems (e.g. Nutrient disorders in plants and livestock; weed and plant disease management).
- Train and coordinate the work of technicians and field workers.
- At senior levels, supervise and coordinate research teams, prepare funding applications and communicate the results of research.
- Prepare policy advice and assist in putting government policy into practice.
- Good at science subjects
- Able to analyse and solve problems
- Enjoy agriculture and/or the environment
- Able to make accurate observations
- Good oral and written communication skills
- Well organized with supervisory ability
- Able to work as part of a team
- Minimum of a bachelor degree or higher qualification.
- At least four years of Bachelor of Agricultural Science with Honours.
The pay scale of an Agricultural Scientist ranges from AUD$40,000-AUD$75,000.