Agricultural Technical Officer


Agricultural technical officers provide complex technical support and advise on aspects of agriculture such as research, production, servicing and marketing.

Duties & Tasks

Agricultural technical officers may perform the following tasks:

  • work with agricultural scientists using small plot experiments to compare plant varieties and test the effects of various treatments on growth and yield
  • work with soil scientists to study irrigation techniques and analyse plants used in soil treatment experiments
  • work with plant breeders to produce new strains and select superior products
  • work with animal breeders using artificial insemination techniques to produce offspring that mature earlier
  • record and interpret experimental data in field experiments
  • interpret aerial photographs and prepare maps showing soil and vegetation patterns
  • assist in the chemical analysis and laboratory culture of microorganisms that cause diseases in plants and animals
  • carry out research and provide advice about various technical issues.


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Working Conditions

Agricultural technical officers may work in laboratories, in the field or both. They usually work in a team with other scientists.

Personal Requirements

  • good at science
  • able to analyse and solve problems
  • enjoy agriculture and the environment
  • able to make accurate observations and recordings
  • able to work as part of a team
  • enjoy working outdoors.

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