Agricultural Scientists

ANZSCO Code: 234112 / Group A

Agricultural Scientists  study plants, animals, and farming methods to enhance productivity in agriculture. They research crop and livestock growth, soil quality, and crop diseases to develop innovative solutions for farmers. Their work is essential for improving food production and supporting the success of farming businesses.

Agricultural Scientists

Occupation Descriptions

An Agricultural Scientist focuses on studying plants, animals, and farming methods in commercial settings. Their goal is to boost farm productivity and efficiency in agricultural industries.

Occupations considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:

  • Agronomist

Closely related Occupations in ANZSCO Unit Group 2341

  • Agricultural Consultant
  • Forester (Aus) / Forest Scientist (NZ)

Agricultural Scientist is a VETASSESS Group A occupation

Group A

This occupation necessitates a qualification that is deemed comparable to an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree or higher. The field of study should be closely related to the nominated occupation to ensure relevance.

Additionally, applicants must possess a minimum of one year of highly relevant post-qualification employment, completed at an appropriate skill level within the past five years.

If the qualifications do not meet the required educational level or are not in a highly relevant field of study, or if the employment was undertaken before obtaining the qualification, the applicant will be assessed as falling below the required skill level.

This includes qualifications assessed at AQF Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level.

A positive Skills Assessment Outcome necessitates a favorable evaluation of both qualifications and employment.

Qualification and Employment Criteria


AQF Bachelor degree or higher

Agricultural Science encompasses the scientific study and management of plant and animal farming, aiming for sustainable food and fiber production. A major in Agribusiness will be deemed highly relevant if it primarily focuses on agricultural science rather than business, finance, or economics. 

Qualifications in specific science fields may be accepted case by case, provided the program includes essential subjects such as Agricultural Systems, Agronomy, Animal Science, Agricultural Chemistry, Grazing Systems, Plant Cultivation, Primary Production, and other relevant specialized field subjects.

Those fields of study which may be considered include:

  • Horticulture¬†
  • Biotechnology¬†
  • Veterinary Science¬†
  • Agricultural Engineering¬†
  • Botany / Zoology¬†
  • Environmental Science¬†
  • Irrigation / Soil Science¬†
  • Forestry

Highly relevant major fields of study include:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Animal Science & Management
  • Crop Science
  • Viticulture
  • Plant and Animal Production
  • Precision Agriculture
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    Currently, there are no legal mandates in Australia requiring licensing or registration for Agricultural Scientists.

    Tasks include:

    Tasks of Agricultural Scientists include:

    • Collecting and analyzing data and samples of produce, feed, soil, and other factors influencing production.
    • Investigating environmental factors affecting commercial crop production, pasture growth, and animal breeding.
    • Studying the impacts of cultivation techniques, soils, insects, and plant diseases on animal and crop production.
    • Developing procedures and techniques to address agricultural challenges and enhance production efficiency.


    Agricultural Scientists may have applied employment/research in: 

    • Biotechnology for Agriculture.
    • Agronomy.
    • Livestock health.
    • Nutrition and/or breeding.
    • Flora (agricultural) health/nutrition and/or breeding.
    • Soil science (specific to agricultural land).
    • Production process (not including food technology).
    • Fertilizers and pesticides.
    • Precision agriculture.
    • Big data science and internet of things (related to agriculture).

    Employment as an Agricultural Economist or as a Food Technologist/Scientist focusing on post-production of primary products falls under different classifications in ANZSCO and cannot be considered within the scope of this occupation.

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