Over the next 40 years, our globe will need to produce 50% more food from the same land and water resource base, in a changing climate, to feed a rapidly increasing world population.
Graduates with an understanding of the agricultural sector and the factors influencing and challenging it are in high demand with two jobs for each agriculture graduate in the sector, more than half of these are located in capital cities.
Employers of agriculture graduates include agribusinesses, research and development organizations, public and private extension agencies, government and policy agencies, and private consulting companies.
You can choose to study Agriculture in one of two ways.
Bachelor of Agriculture integrates study of the scientific, economic and social considerations involved in managing systems for the sustainable production of food and fibre. You will develop an understanding of the current issues facing the industry, and technological knowledge to assess and improve sectors. You will be critically evaluating options and applying decision-making skills throughout your career to ensure long-term sustainable agricultural practices.
Bachelor of Science offers a Major in Agricultural Science where you will investigate the science and management of biological systems for sustainable production of crops and animals. You may choose other science subjects to complement the major or integrate this with breadth studies in areas such as economics, business, social sciences and natural resource management.
Scholarships available for careers in agriculture
Did you know that unlike many parts of the economy, employment opportunities for graduates in the agriculture sector are very strong in Australia? Recent research shows a vacancy rate of six jobs for every graduate of an agriculture-related course.
To encourage more young people to study in this area, the Horizon Scholarship program is offering $5000 per year to selected students who enrol in an agriculture-related course of study and commit to a career in the sector.Applications for 2013 scholarships have now closed, but visit Career Harvest for more information and career opportunities.