Agricultural Technician

Agricultural Technicians perform research, experiments and testing on a wide range of agricultural crops, food and animals to help assist agronomists, researchers and agricultural scientists.

Duties and tasks

  • Analyse soil characteristics and requirements
  • Assist scientists and other agricultural professionals in performing research and contributing towards improving agricultural efficiency
  • Collect samples of crops and animals for laboratory examination and analysis
  • Draft reports on collected samples from crops and animals
  • Organise laboratory samples and equipment
  • Prepare detailed reports on findings
  • Provide assistance and support to Agricultural Scientists including ensuring that all laboratory data is maintained correctly

Skills required

  • Administration and Supervising Skills
  • Excellent eye for detail
  • Farm Management and Organisation
  • Research and Analysis Skills
  • Technical Excellence

Working conditions

Agricultural Technicians typically spend their time between working outdoors completing investigations and field work and working within an office/laboratory environment. When completing field work, scientists can often work in remote and desolate places and depending on their research may have to work early mornings, late nights or on weekends.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology: The peak industry body for agricultural and natural resource management professionals

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