Agricultural Consultant skills & job insights


Job Prospects

Data on Job Outlook are updated on a yearly basis and are compiled from national statistics which may not reflect either regional variations or more recent changes in employment conditions.

  • Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Agricultural and Forestry Scientists is expected to be low (equal to or less than 5,000). Job openings count both employment growth and turnover (defined as workers leaving their occupation for other employment or leaving the workforce). Further information about job openings and projected employment growth is available on the Help page.
  • Employment for this occupation fell in the past five years and in the long-term (ten years). Looking forward, employment for Agricultural and Forestry Scientists to November 2019 is expected to remain relatively steady.
  • This is a very small occupation (5700 in November 2014) suggesting that opportunities may be quite limited in some regions.
  • Agricultural and Forestry Scientists have an above average proportion of full-time jobs (86.4 per cent). For Agricultural and Forestry Scientists working full-time, average weekly hours are 42.8 (compared to 40.9 for all occupations) and earnings are above average – in the eighth decile. Unemployment for Agricultural and Forestry Scientists is below average.
  • The most common level of educational attainment for Agricultural and Forestry Scientists is Bachelor degree (42.2 per cent).
  • Agricultural and Forestry Scientists are mainly employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services and Public Administration and Safety.

Key Indicators

These data show 9 key indicators for this occupation – employment size, full-time share of employment, earnings, unemployment, historical employment growth (long-term, medium term and short-term), future employment growth, mix of industries and job openings. Estimates have been rounded and consequently some discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.




How many workers are employed in this occupation?



How many work full-time (% share)?



What are the weekly earnings for full-time workers ($ before tax)?



How does unemployment compare with other occupations?

below average


What has been the long-term employment growth – 10 years (%)?



What has been the medium-term employment growth – 5 years (%)?



What has been the short-term employment growth – 2 years (%)?



What will be the likely future employment growth for the next five years?

relatively steady


What will be the level of future job openings?



As per Department of Employment survey report


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