How to become a Agricultural Scientist

Agricultural scientists study commercial plants, animals and cultivation techniques to improve the productivity and sustainability of farms and agricultural industries.

Personal requirements of a Agricultural Scientist

  • Able to analyse and solve problems
  • Interested in science and the environment
  • Able to make accurate observations
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good organisational skills, with supervisory ability
  • Able to work as part of a team

Education & Training for a Agricultural Scientist

To become an agricultural scientist you usually have to complete a degree in agricultural science, or a science degree with a major in agriculture-related studies. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics are normally required. A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. For further details, visit

Additional Information

Graduates of agricultural science or a related discipline may apply to become members of Ag Institute Australia.

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