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Do some digging into Tasmanian agriculture

Access to quality fresh produce is a basic need for human survival. Of course, it all needs to come from somewhere (and we don’t mean the supermarket!) In Tasmania, we’re producing some of finest produce in the world. Our Tasmanian agricultural sector is booming. We are embracing research, harnessing natural resources and investing in skilled people.

Record-breaking growth

The reputation of Tasmania’s agricultural industry is growing every year. We are no longer known simply as the ‘Apple Isle’. Today, Tasmania is a world leader across a range of agricultural sectors. What’s more, our spectacular produce is in high demand around the globe.

In 2023, Tasmania’s gross farm gate value exceeded $2 billion for the first time. That’s a truckload of money coming into our state. More importantly, it’s creating all sorts of exciting job opportunities. Our sustainable agriculture, forestry, and fisheries sectors employ approximately 14,500 people. This is the second-highest employment sector in the state – and it’s only going to get bigger.

Tasmania’s international export markets

Total export markets as at 2020–21

Even more career opportunities in the future

Tasmanian farmers produce FIVE times more produce than we can consume in the state. The extra produce (aka the ‘surplus’) is exported interstate and overseas. New markets are opening all the time and the value of Tasmania’s agricultural production is expected to be around $10 billion by 2050. (that’s five times the production value of 2023).

To achieve this type of growth, the industry will need to develop a skilled workforce. It will need to focus on innovation. The industry will need to embrace leading-edge technologies, and world’s best practices (and fast).

Tasmania’s agricultural production – quick facts*

Production data as at 2020-21. Courtesy ABS. *Percentages may not add to 100 due to rounding.

Cool tech, smart tools and the world’s best practices

Imagine a world where farmers use smart tools and cool gadgets like drones. They use these to keep crops healthy and identify paddocks where soil nutrients are deficient. They even have the potential to grow new varieties of fruits and vegetables (spoiler alert – it’s already happening).

An agricultural revolution is underway in Tasmania. New career paths are opening up like never before. In short, it’s an awesome time to be working in agriculture (or for that matter, starting your career).

In the section below, we’ve provided a snapshot of potential career paths. Let’s start with a few broad areas of employment in agriculture. These include:

Agricultural Engineers

Agricultural engineers analyse farming operations. They work together with farmers to improve land use and develop methods to conserve resources, and increase crop productivity.

Labourers

If you have strength and stamina, there are plenty of jobs where you can work on the land. Tasks include planting, harvesting, caring for animals, and maintaining equipment. 

Sales Careers

Sales representatives assess customer needs. They design solutions and contribute to clients’ goals. Often this includes selling equipment and resources such as seeds and feed to farm managers.

Agricultural Scientists

Agricultural scientists can make a huge difference to a farming operation. They review farming practices, design solutions, and develop products related to crops, livestock, and food production.

More specialised career paths include:

Agronomists: Focus on soil management, crop production, and sustainable practices.
Horticulturists: Work with fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants.
Livestock Managers: Oversee animal health, breeding, and production.
Conservation Planners: Develop strategies for sustainable land use.
Agricultural Economists: Analyse economic trends and policies in agriculture.
Food Safety Inspectors: Ensure compliance with safety regulations.
Farm Managers: Handle day-to-day operations on farms.
Precision Agriculture Technicians: Use technology for efficient farming practices.
Veterinarians: Care for animals’ health and well-being.
Agricultural Consultants: Provide expert advice to farmers and other professionals.
Seed Analysts: Evaluate seed quality and viability.
Agricultural Educators: Teach and train future generations in agriculture.
Farm Equipment Mechanics: Repair and maintain agricultural machinery.
Environmental Scientists: Address environmental issues related to agriculture.
Commodity Traders: Deal with buying and selling agricultural products.
Rural Appraisers: Assess the value of rural properties.
Farm Financial Analysts: Manage financial aspects of farming operations.
Pest Control Specialists: Protect crops from pests and diseases.

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is a specialised institute at the University of Tasmania and plays an important role in Tasmania’s agri-food sector. Aspiring agricultural leaders can study a future-focused degree which equips students to address global challenges.

SMART Research Farms: TIA conducts highly relevant research directly benefiting Tasmania’s agriculture industry. Research areas span agricultural systems, food safety, horticulture, and livestock production. Their research facilities are equipped with advanced technology, providing real-time data for informed decision-making by growers.

Industry Engagement: TIA works with local, national, and international stakeholders, ensuring their research provides practical solutions for farmers and food producers. Through this collaborative effort, TIA aims to boost productivity while ensuring the sustainable management of Tasmania’s natural resources.

We’ve planted the seed for an exciting career in agriculture

If you’re interested in working on the land or working with animals, or new-age technology, take a serious look at a career in agriculture. Better still, do some digging online at career paths that sound interesting.

Good luck with your digging.

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