Agriculture is the study of growing, maintaining and harvesting non-intensively managed crops and pastures, and breeding, grazing and managing animals. It includes the study of farming and producing unprocessed plant and animal products.
The main purpose of this narrow field of education is to develop an understanding of livestock reproduction, the production of primary plant and animal products, and the theory and practice of farming. It also involves developing an ability to utilise current agricultural technology, techniques and practices.
Courses in Agriculture develop skills in:
- analysing current and future market conditions to determine which crops are grown and/or livestock raised
- identifying environmental factors affecting flock and herd health and productivity
This field comprises the following detailed fields:
- Agricultural Science
- Wool Science
- Animal Husbandry
- Agriculture, n.e.c.
- Agricultural economics. This is included in Economics.
- Farm management and agribusiness. These are included in Farm Management and Agribusiness.
Thinking about a job in this field?
Check out the courses available in this field at various Australian universities and alternative study pathway options. If you'd like to speak with someone, discuss with your Career Advisor at school, or contact the Indigenous Education Unit at any of the Australian Universities, and they’ll be able to offer advice on available local information and student support services.