Where will this take me?
With important input from industry experts and potential employers, our curriculum focuses on developing graduate agricultural scientists job ready from day one.
The agricultural boom places agricultural science graduates in a position of high demand. Around 90 percent of graduates gain full-time employment four months after graduation, 12-15 percent higher than the average of all bachelors degrees. Positions are available in both cities and rural areas.
A range of interesting and diverse careers will be available to you, as well as graduate study options and research in food science, agribusiness, the agricultural sciences and a range of other fields.
If you have completed the Production Animal Science major and have achieved high average marks, you can even apply to study the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with up to 30 points credit in the first year.
“The Bachelor of Agriculture gives me so many more opportunities in the future once I am a vet or if I decide to go on a different pathway. It’s not even something to fall back onto – it’s such a big industry at the moment and one of the fastest-growing industries. Everyone needs food and fibre, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to combine my agricultural and vet knowledge at the other end of my studies.”
Agricultural and resource economics
Economic analysis is vital to the profitability and success of agricultural businesses. The industry relies on economic modelling, business planning and other skills developed in the Agricultural Economics major. Professionals in this area combine agricultural science and economic knowledge to deliver tailored solutions to challenging issues. Roles include:
- Farm management consultant: advise farmers on business decision-making based on your analysis of costs, margins and commodity prices
- Commodity trader: analyse market conditions and commodity sales and buying strategies
- Rural finance officer: determine the viability of businesses applying for loans and advise on financial planning
- Sales and marketing manager: analyse the viability of new markets or products, build relationships and develop marketing strategies.
Animal production relies on skills and knowledge of animal physiology, growth and nutrition, health and disease, welfare science and behaviour. Students who complete the major in Production Animal Science can consider a range of interesting careers that may include:
- Animal nutritionist: improve livestock growth and productivity
- Animal health or welfare officer: help to enforce the law and educate the public
- Quarantine officer: maintain biosecurity, keeping Australia and other countries disease-free
- Pharmaceutical company representative: inform producers of the latest medical advancements and how and when to use them
- Feedlot manager: combine the above skills to run an efficient, profitable and ethical operation.
Plants and soil
Agronomy is the science of producing and using plants for food, fuel, fibre and land reclamation. The major most closely aligned with this field is Plant and Soil Science. Work is available in the areas of plant genetics, plant physiology, meteorology and soil science. Roles include:
- Agronomist: advise producers on maximising the usefulness of their land
- Catchment manager or environmental advisor: improve sustainability and environmental health
- Soil scientist: contribute to research, more efficient water use or advanced fertiliser development.
- Orchard manager: develop budgets, work with marketers, supervise field teams and oversee the production line to deliver fresh fruit to market.
Research and policy
Agriculture is a fundamentally scientific and increasingly knowledge-based industry. The industry interacts closely with all levels of government, and government policies influence the sustainability of agriculture. Meanwhile, there is a demand for highly skilled researchers in government, universities and the private sector. These types of roles include:
- Agricultural researcher: follow your agriculture degree with a career adding to the sum of scientific knowledge, starting with an honours or masters research project
- Government policy adviser: apply your understanding of agriculture to help government balance programs, regulations and priorities
- Extension officer: explain the latest scientific research to individual farmers and businesses, and help them to find technical solutions to issues
- International development officer or financial aid adviser working in the private sector.
Once you've completed your undergraduate degree, you can go on to gain employment or begin a graduate degree and work towards a professional qualification such as law, engineering or medicine. Or you could join our graduate research community and contribute to our world-changing research.
Your graduate degree will be internationally recognised, and set you apart from those who study a traditional Australian single or double degree.
Explore the graduate pathways available once you complete your undergraduate degree here.