People working in Agricultural Science study farm animals, soils, pastures and crops to improve their yield, health and quality, and to prevent pests and disease. Scientists tend to be creative and strategic and think about the big picture. They think up new ideas for experiments and apply for funding to various places so the research can go ahead. A research technician works with and assists scientists to undertake research.
Research Scientists may do some or all of the following and more: find ways to improve the value or quality of animal or crop production; develop farming methods to protect animal welfare and the environment; run experiments and analyse the results; write about their work for scientific and farming magazines; manage research budgets; present reports at conferences; apply for funding grants.
Types of Jobs:
- Agricultural Research Technician
- Agricultural Research Scientist
Is it for me?
The agricultural science field would suit someone who is interested in sciences such as biology and chemistry along with agriculture and maths.
How to get there:
The following school subjects are preferable if you're looking at getting a job in the Agricultural Science sector: agriculture, biology, chemistry, maths, computer studies and English.
The minimum requirement to working in agricultural science is a Bachelor's degree, to become a Research Scientist you will generally need a Masters or PhD in a science area such as agricultural science, microbiology or biochemistry.
In this field you will generally work regular hours (around 40 per week). They may occasionally have to work weekends if they are in the middle of trial work.
Depending on experience and qualifications, you could earn anywhere between $35,000 to $100,000.