Agricultural Scientist (VIC)
Education and Training:
To become an agricultural scientist you usually have to complete a degree in agricultural or horticultural science, or a science degree with a major in agriculture-related studies. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your VCE. 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. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.
Graduates of agricultural science or a related discipline may apply to become members of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (Ag Institute Australia).
While the following courses are related to this occupation, they may not necessarily lead directly to employment, nor provide the most direct pathway to the occupation. Courses which provide preliminary or informal training, as well as those which provide additional job skills following initial qualifications may also be listed.
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- Diploma of Agriculture *
- Diploma of Agronomy *
- Associate Degree in Agriculture and Land Management
- Bachelor of Agricultural Science / Bachelor of Business
- Bachelor of Agricultural Science / Bachelor of International Development
- Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences
- Bachelor of Agriculture
- Bachelor of Agriculture and Land Management
- Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science *
- Bachelor of Science *
- Bachelor of Science (Double Degree)
- Bachelor of Science - Veterinary Bioscience
- Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
- Master of Agricultural Science
- Master of Animal Science
- Master of Urban Horticulture
- Master of Veterinary Public Health - Emergency Animal Diseases
- Master of Agricultural Science (By Research)
- Master of Philosophy - Land and Environment (By Research)
Employers include state, territory and federal government departments and the private sector. Careers are usually in research, advisory roles, teaching, management, administration, marketing and media. Agricultural scientists may work in horticulture and with flower growers, nursery operators and commercial firms trading in horticultural products such as frozen foods, seeds and fertilisers. They may also work in the field of landscape design and in the mining industry to assist with land regeneration.
Although employment opportunities exist overseas, available positions frequently require postgraduate qualifications or work experience.
For Further Information:
Department of Primary Industries (Victoria)
Information for other states and territories: