Agriculture, forestry and fishing including aquaculture

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Employment prospects

The Agriculture and Fishing industry employs around 36,500 South Australians, which is 4.5% of the State’s workforce.

About 2,500 new jobs are expected to open up over the next five years due to industry growth and replacement of people who will retire.

Future employment opportunities in some areas of the industry are heavily influenced by external factors, such as drought and commodity prices.

Most people in this industry farm sheep or beef cattle, or grow grain or fruit. The Fishing
and Aquaculture workforce is small when compared to the Agriculture workforce.

Most of the jobs are in regional South Australia, particularly in the South East,
Riverland, Port Lincoln and Murray Mallee.

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Agriculture, forestry and fishing including aquaculture

  1. 1. Agriculture, forestry and fishing including aquacultureEmployment prospects Quick facts about this industry If you are at schoolThe Agriculture and Fishing industry • Most people work full-time. For vocational education in SACE,employs around 36,500 South Australians, ask your VET coordinator at school, and visitwhich is 4.5% of the State’s workforce. • ost people working in the industry do not have a qualification, but M www.sace.sa.edu.au to check the VET recognition register. Check the followingAbout 2,500 new jobs are expected to open up if you want to get ahead a qualification is highly recommended. industries to see which qualifications canover the next five years due to industry growth • Around one fifth of workers are women. be recognised in the SACE. Some of theand replacement of people who will retire. Future Certificate III qualifications may be availableemployment opportunities in some areas ofthe industry are heavily influenced by external • eople working in the industry are generally older than in P for Training Guarantee for SACE Students.factors, such as drought and commodity prices. other industries. • Primary Industries • Seafood IndustryMost people in this industry farm sheep or • o work in this industry you need to be physically fit, enjoy working T If you are thinking about VET,beef cattle, or grow grain or fruit. The Fishing outdoors in isolated areas and be able to analyse and solve problems. vocational qualifications include:and Aquaculture workforce is small whencompared to the Agriculture workforce. • Certificate I, II, III and IV in Rural Operations • arm Hands earn between $400 and $800 per week, while F • ertificate I, II, III and IV in Agriculture with CMost of the jobs are in regional South Agricultural Scientists and Inspectors can earn between specialisations in beef, dairy, goat, grain, horseAustralia, particularly in the South East, $1,000-$1,300 per week. breeding, pig, poultry, sheep/wool and sugarRiverland, Port Lincoln and Murray Mallee. • ertificate I, II, III, IV and Diploma in Seafood C Industry with specialisations in aquaculture, fishing operations, fisheries compliance, environmental management, seafood processing and seafood sales and distribution Top job openings • ertificate I, II, III, IV and Diploma in Forest C Crop Farmers and Forest Products with specialisations in forest operations, timber processing, Livestock Farmers timber truss and frame manufacture, Aquaculture Farmers timber truss and frame design Agricultural and Forestry Scientists • iploma and Advanced Diploma of D Primary Products Inspectors Rural Business Management • iploma and Advanced Diploma of Agriculture. Dskills.sa.gov.au 1800 506 266 10
  2. 2. For more information about the qualifications Agricultural technical officers provide Fish farm hands assist with growing andand where to go, check the job guide: complex technical support and advice on cultivating finfish or shellfish and maintaining fish Occupations in thiswww.jobguide.thegoodguides.com.au aspects of agriculture such as research, farm premises and equipment. Most fish farms industry link to the:Check www.skills.sa.gov.au to see what production, servicing and marketing. are marine-based and in sheltered waters. • Animal Care and Training industrycourses are available under Skills for All. Occupations in this industry include: Occupations in this industry include: • onservation and Land CIf you are thinking about university, Agriculture and Forestry Aquaculture Farmers Management industrydegrees include: Agricultural Technical Officers Aquaculture Technicians • ood and Beverage F• Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences Beekeepers Deck Hands Processing industry• Bachelor of Aquaculture Crop Farmers Divers • Horticulture industry• Bachelor of Aquaculture and Marine Biology. Farm Hands Fish Farm Hands • Science industry Farmer/Farm Managers Fisheries Officers • Transport and Storage industryCheck the three South Australian university • Water industry. Horse Managers Master Fisherswebsites and South Australian Tertiary Hunters Primary Products Inspectors.Admissions Centre (SATAC) listed at the front Jackaroos/Jillaroosof this guide. For more information about the Forestry and logging Livestock Farmersqualifications and where to go, check the job Forestry and logging includes growing timber Piggery Techniciansguide: www.jobguide.thegoodguides.com.au in native or plantation forests, specifically for Poultry Farmers logging purposes. Others may shape products Primary Products InspectorsOccupations in this industry such as railway sleepers, posts and firewood Rural Heavy Vehicle OperatorsAgriculture or gather other forest products such as Scientists.Agriculture is the farming of plants and livestock mushrooms and kauri gum used in varnishes.for food and fibre - it is also referred to as Aquaculture and fishing Aquaculture is the cultivation of aquatic life Occupations in this industry include:Agrifood. Plants include nursery and flowerproducts, mushrooms, vegetables, fruit, nuts, under controlled conditions, and includes Forest Technical Officers Forest Workers Need more info?grain and other assorted crops, including vines catching, culturing, farming and harvestingand grapes. The primary livestock industries marine and inland aquatic life. It includes: Foresters Primary Industries Skills Council SA Inc Saw Doctors. www.pisc.org/au/careers.htmlin Australia are beef cattle, sheep and lambs, • lgal culture, which is the production apigs, goats, chicken, deer and horses. Agrifood Skills Council Sector report of kelp, seaweed and other algae Support services www.agrifoodskills.net.au/publications/scan/2011Farmers and farm managers manage • fish farming Support Services are as diverse as wool Agrifood Careersand organise farming operations to raise • shellfish farming www.agrifoodcareers.com.au/home.php?id=1 classing, aerial crop spraying, mustering, seeding,livestock and cultivate crops, fruit, vegetables • growing of cultured pearls. planting and pruning trees, artificial insemination, www.thejoboutlook.gov.auand other agricultural products. fruit or vegetable picking services and operating www.jobguide.thegoodguides.com.au tree nurseries for forest plantation.Career information about specific occupations has been sourced from www.myfuture.com.au and industry skills bodies. South Australian labour marketinformation has been sourced from ABS Catalogue 6291.0.55.003 Labour Force, average of 4 quarters to November quarter 2011. South Australianinformation on Age, Region and Income has been sourced from the Australian Census of Population and Housing 2006. Job Openings information is sourced 11from the South Australian Training and Skills Commission, (unpublished) 2011.© Copyright 2012 Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills

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