Farmers are the driving force behind Australia’s agricultural industry. If you get into arable farming, you will spend your life in the great outdoors tending to crops. If you pursue a career in pastoral farming, you will focus your efforts on rearing animals. Farmers are responsible for managing farm workers, looking after the administrative side of running a farm, monitoring budgets, and devising strategies for harvesting or breeding.
Farming is more of a lifestyle choice than a career. This isn’t your average nine-to-five office job. Farmers are required to be ‘on-call’ 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This doesn’t mean you’ll be out in the fields at midnight every Saturday. It does, however, mean that if there’s a problem, you will have to deal with it quickly and effectively.
A farmer’s working hours are also dictated by the seasons. For instance, when it comes to harvesting, you may find yourself working between 15 and 18 hours a day.
Aspiring farmers need to gain experience of working on a farm and acquire the technical and practical knowledge that goes with it.
Formal qualifications may be helpful in this industry, search these courses below to assist:
- Animal care
- Countryside management
- Land management
- Wildlife management
- Animal management
- Agricultural engineering
- Organic horticulture management
- Crop management
- Rural business management
You can also enter this line of work via an agricultural apprenticeship.
- Problem Solving
- Quick Learner
- Mechanical and Repairing Skills
- Time Management
- Decision-making skills
- Crop and Animal Management Skills
You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;
- Agricultural Consultant
- Environmental Engineer
- Sustainability Consultant / Officer