Today’s agribusinesses incorporate all types of exciting career pathways and increasingly attract newcomers and innovators. Engineering, science, IT, commerce and management are all cornerstone skill sets for successful businesses in the growing agriculture sector. As an example, Australia is among the world’s leaders in robotics in the agribusiness sector The new model of agriculture will require a workforce with skills sets that extend well beyond traditional agricultural skills In the research, service and support sectors most of these skills will be delivered by staff without traditional farming background as opportunities and technologies used within agriculture attract new entrants and businesses. Australia will require a pipeline of graduates with capabilities in architecting, designing and analysing data. There will be growth in specialist IT technology and businesses that service these technologies.
This summary of the changing agricultural workforce has been adapted from an article by Richard Heath in The Australian Farm Institute Farm Policy Journal Autumn 2017 Pages 1- 7.