Farmer/Farm Manager (NT)
Education and Training:
You can work as a farmer or farm manager without formal qualifications, although skills in farm management, crop management and/or animal husbandry are considered essential. You may learn these skills from an experienced farmer or farm manager on a working farm or formally at an educational institution such as TAFE, university or an agricultural college. Courses may focus on specific areas of agriculture or all aspects of farm management.
You may like to consider a VET qualification in agriculture, agribusiness or rural operations. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through distance education.
You can also become a farmer or farm manager through a traineeship in Agriculture, Rural Operations or Rural Business. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Alternatively, you can become a farmer or farm manager by completing a degree in agriculture, agribusiness, animal science, agricultural science or rural studies. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your NTCET. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics and chemistry are normally required. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview and have basic farm skills. A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.
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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Traditionally, farms in Australia have been owner operated and farmers have been self-employed. Such properties have often been owned by the one family over many decades.
As product markets have changed and new technologies have been introduced, many properties have merged into bigger farms, often run by employed farm managers. For all farmers and farm managers, the business of running a farm has become more complex and sophisticated.
For Further Information:
Rural Skills Australia
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