Agricultural and Forestry Scientists

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Agricultural and Forestry Scientists

Agricultural and Forestry Scientists advise farmers, rural industries and government on aspects of farming, develop techniques for increasing productivity, and study and develop plans and policies for the management of forest areas.

Fun facts

  • Stable Future Growth
  • 2178 Weekly Pay Before Tax
  • 81% full-time Full-Time Share
  • 26% female Gender Share


There are many tasks done by agricultural and forestry scientists. A few are listed below:

  • collecting and analysing data and samples of produce, feed, soil and other factors affecting production
  • advising Farmers and Farm Managers on techniques for improving the production of crops and livestock, and alternative agricultural options
  • advising farmers on issues such as livestock and crop disease, control of pests and weeds, soil improvement, animal husbandry and feeding programs
  • studying the environmental factors affecting commercial crop production, pasture growth, animal breeding, and the growth and health of forest trees
  • studying the effects of cultivation techniques, soils, insects and plant diseases on animal, crop and forest production
  • developing procedures and techniques for solving agricultural problems and improving the efficiency of production
  • managing forest resources to maximise their long-term commercial, recreational and environmental benefits for the community
  • studying the propagation and culture of forest trees, methods for improving the growth of stock, and the effects of thinning on forest yields
  • preparing plans for reafforestation and devising efficient harvesting systems
  • investigating, planning and implementing management procedures to cope with the effects of fires, floods, droughts, soil erosion, insect pests and diseases

Specific occupations

  • Agricultural Consultant
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Agricultural Adviser
  • Agricultural Extension Officer
  • Landcare Officer
  • Agronomist
  • Forestry Adviser
  • Forestry Consultant

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