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This sec­tor re­quires work­ers for both op­er­a­tional and sci­en­tific roles. While the first cat­e­gory in­volves tasks that most peo­ple as­so­ci­ate with agri­cul­ture, such as plant­ing and har­vest­ing crops, the sec­ond cat­e­gory is just as im­por­tant. Agri­cul­tural and forestry sci­en­tists may be re­spon­si­ble for col­lect­ing and analysing data and sam­ples of pro­duce, feed or soil, and ad­vis­ing farm­ers on tech­niques for im­prov­ing the pro­duc­tion of crops and live­stock, or al­ter­na­tive agri­cul­tural op­tions. Stu­dents can study a Bach­e­lor of Agri­cul­tural Sciences, to dis­cover the phys­i­cal, bi­o­log­i­cal, tech­no­log­i­cal and eco­nomic bases of mod­ern agri­cul­tural sys­tems, and learn to man­age di­verse agri­cul­tural sys­tems and nat­u­ral re­sources. Some spe­cial­ist ar­eas, such as ge­net­ics, may re­quire fur­ther post­grad­u­ate study.


High school teach­ers typ­i­cally choose their spe­cialty sub­ject ar­eas while they are at univer­sity. Teach­ing stu­dents can in­cor­po­rate their love of science by choos­ing science-fo­cused majors such as en­vi­ron­men­tal sciences, bi­ol­ogy or chem­istry. Science teach­ers are in par­tic­u­lar de­mand as schools place in­creas­ing em­pha­sis on STEM (science, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing, maths) skills. An ex­tra 5800 sec­ondary teach­ing roles are fore­cast to be cre­ated across Aus­tralia in the five years to May, 2022 – bring­ing the oc­cu­pa­tion’s work­force to 139,000. Al­most all sec­ondary school teach­ers (85.7 per cent) have been to univer­sity, in­clud­ing about a third who hold a post­grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tion. School leavers can en­ter sec­ondary teach­ing by study­ing a four-year Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion while ca­reer chang­ers who al­ready hold a de­gree can fast-track their qual­i­fi­ca­tion with a two-year Mas­ter of Teach­ing (Sec­ondary).


This sec­tor in­volves de­vel­op­ing sales strate­gies to match cus­tomer re­quire­ments, and pro­mot­ing prod­ucts, ser­vices and ideas. In­creas­ingly, mar­ket­ing pro­fes­sion­als are sought who can ap­ply data science to en­hance their strate­gies. Data science can be stud­ied through short on­line cour­ses that are not na­tion­ally recog­nised but can get a stu­dent up to speed on the ba­sics. They can also be stud­ied through a univer­sity a de­gree such as a Bach­e­lor of Science with a ma­jor in data science, or with a post­grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tion such as a Grad­u­ate Diploma of Data Science.

REAP WHAT YOU SOW: Dr David Tabah says post­grad­u­ate study is im­por­tant.

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