Agriculture, forestry and fishing

With careers ranging from farmers to scientists and park rangers, roles in agriculture, forestry and fishing are important the livelihood of the population and the economy.

Advancements in technology are making it easier to produce more crops, livestock and fish without the use of labourers, however workers are still needed for harvesting, researching and associated occupations. Seasonal workers may be hired in high planting and harvesting seasons for crops and workers on dairy and livestock farms are required to work year-long feeding, maintaining and assisting in production. Large, industrial farms may operate like factory production lines and require workers to fulfil specific roles. Many large operations sell their products to food processing companies, textile and food retail.

Forestry and logging workers grow, harvest and fell trees in commercial timber land areas or in natural forest environments in order to produce lumber used in construction, wood and paper products. They operate a variety of equipment and heavy machinery to cut down trees and process them into useable sections and transport them to sawmill and paper mills. They should be familiar with tree species and understand the best methods for felling trees naturally and so that they dont damage surrounding areas.

Careers in the fishing industry include fisherman who harvest fish in fresh water and the ocean. They make work on small fishing boats, or on commercial fishing vessels catching thousands of fish and several varieties. Workers in aquaculture farming also raise species of fish and shellfish in similar conditions as their natural environments for harvesting or recreational fishing areas.

Careers in agriculture, forestry and fishing attract individuals with an appreciation for the outdoors and natural environment. Some careers in the field require significant amounts of physical labour while others require scientific and excellent observational techniques. Agriculture, forestry and fishing occupations are always necessary careers as we require products produced by these activities in our daily lives.

Related degrees

Related subjects

Professional associations and industry bodies

Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology 

Institute of Foresters of Australia 

National Farmers Federation 

The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 

Skills and personality

  • Analytical abilities to increase quality and production of crops, livestock, fish and lumber
  • Business and accounting skills working with producers and buyers of yields and produce
  • Effective coordination and organisation capabilities
  • Enjoy working out on the land, in sometimes rural areas and with the natural environment
  • Expertise and scientific knowledge pertaining to crops, livestock, fish or tree species working with
  • Observational and problem solving capabilities and understanding signs of malnutrition and diseases in crops, fish, trees and animals
  • Physically able to perform large amounts of manual labour and work outdoors
  • Proficiency in using and maintaining farm tools, techniques and equipment
  • Research skills to test new crop variations as well as hormones, pesticides, etc.
  • Strict adherence to safety precautions and regulations