Choose a career in a growing industry
27 January 2016
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, is encouraging young Australians to consider a rewarding career in agriculture.
Minister Joyce said the future food and fibre task will be a massive challenge for both Australia and the world, but it is one that will also create significant opportunities for those wanting to get involved.
“I would strongly encourage our next crop of young Australians to consider fields of study—both undergraduate and post-graduate—that will help them make a strong contribution to our primary industries,” Minister Joyce said.
“Agriculture is an incredibly challenging and rewarding career, feeding and clothing people here and around the world, but it is important young people are aware of the tremendous opportunities available in agriculture, right across the supply chain from paddock to plate, or to the garment factory, as the case may be.
“With Australian agriculture positioning itself as a reliable producer of clean and green food and fibre, students studying agriculture and related courses can look forward to a huge range of research, science, technology and agribusiness careers.
“In fact, the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture has found that for every graduate from an agriculture-related degree, there are five or six jobs available.
“This is proof that there are jobs waiting for graduates who are willing to give it a go.
“We sit on the edge of the strongest growing region in the world, and have developed an agriculture sector with a positive outlook that has solid prospects for growth.
“The December 2015 release of the ABARES Agricultural Commodities report forecast that the gross value of farm production in Australia will increase by 8 per cent in 2015–16 to around $57.6 billion.
“The agriculture sector is well-placed to prosper, and I encourage young people weighing up their options to choose a field from which an agricultural career can grow,” Minister Joyce said.
The Australian Government provides a range of support to both university and Vocational Education and Training students. Detailed information is available at www.studyassist.gov.au
There are a large number of scholarships available to current and prospective students studying agriculture.
The Horizon Scholarship supports agriculture undergraduates through a bursary, professional development and mentoring and/or annual work placements. Further information is available at www.rirdc.gov.au
Services such as Career Harvest provide a database on current scholarship opportunities in agriculture. Further information can be found at www.careerharvest.com.au
Educators are also encouraged to take advantage of the wonderful resources and programmes offered by the Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA) which include “Agriculture in Education” teaching materials as well as scholarships for educators to improve agricultural education in our primary and secondary schools. For more information, visit http://www.piefa.edu.au/