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

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 3.5%

NSW 34.7%

NT 2.2%

QLD 24.5%

SA 11.1%

TAS 3.7%

VIC 15.9%

WA 4.4%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 80%

Female 20%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 28.6%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 32.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 38.8%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 27.9%

Above 35 years: 73.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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