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Studies commercial plants, animals and cultivation techniques to enhance the productivity of farms and agricultural industries.
Skill Level 1
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2114-19 Agricultural Scientist
Group: 2341 Agricultural and Forestry Scientists
advise farmers, rural industries and government on aspects of farming, develop techniques for increasing productivity, and study and develop plans and policies for the management of forest areas.
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
investigating, planning and implementing management procedures to cope with the effects of fires, floods, droughts, soil erosion, insect pests and diseases
Agricultural Scientists may have applied employment/research in:
biotechnology for Agriculture
livestock health / nutrition and/or breeding
flora (agricultural) health / nutrition and/or breeding
soil science (specific to agricultural land)
production process (not including food technology)
fertilisers and pesticides
precision agriculture, big data science and internet of things (related to
Employment as an Agricultural Economist or as a Food Technologist / Scientist
researching in post-production of primary products cannot be considered under this
occupation. These specialisations are classified elsewhere in ANZSCO.
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
Requirements for Skills Assessment
This occupation requires a qualification which is assessed as comparable to the
educational level an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree or
higher*, in a field highly relevant to the nominated occupation.
Applicants must also have at least one year of highly relevant, post-qualification
employment, at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years.
If the qualification(s) are not at the required educational level, and not in a highly
relevant field of study, or if the employment has been completed prior to the
qualification, then the applicant will be assessed below the required skill level.
*This includes qualifications assessed at AQF Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level.
A positive assessment of both qualifications and employment is required for a positive
Skills Assessment Outcome.
AQF Bachelor degree or higher*
Highly relevant major fields of study include:
Animal Science & Management
Plant and Animal Production
Agricultural Science is the study of the science and management of plant and animal
farming and the sustainable production of food and fibre.
A major in Agribusiness will be considered highly relevant if focused on agricultural
science (not business, finance or economics).
Qualifications in certain science fields* may be accepted on a case by case basis if the
program consists of sufficient subjects in Agricultural systems, Agronomy, Animal
science, Agricultural chemistry, Grazing systems, Plant cultivation, Primary production
and other relevant subjects in the specialised field.
*Those fields of study which may be considered include:
Botany / Zoology
Irrigation / Soil Science
In Australia, there are currently no legal requirements for licensing or registration
for the occupation of Agricultural Scientist.
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