Agricultural Technical Officer (NSW/ACT)
Education and Training:
To become an agricultural technical officer you usually have to complete a VET qualification in agriculture, horticulture, sustainable agriculture or animal technology. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.
Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have 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 HSC/ACT Year 12. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry 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.
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.
*Course is offered by more than one institution. Click link for details.
- Certificate IV in Agribusiness *
- Diploma of Agribusiness Management *
- Diploma of Agriculture *
- Bachelor of Agriculture *
- Bachelor of Agriculture / Bachelor of Business
- Bachelor of Science - Agriculture
- Graduate Diploma of Agriculture and Environment
Agricultural technical officers are employed by state, territory and federal government departments, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), pastoral companies, agricultural chemical manufacturers and farm consultancies.
In the past, government organisations were the major employers of agricultural technical officers. However, government positions are now often offered as short-term contracts based on project funding. Much of the work has been contracted out to private businesses and consultancy practices.
For Further Information:
Agriculture Division, Department of Primary Industries (NSW)
Rural Skills Australia
Information for other states and territories: