Agriculture students at Willie Smith’s orchards, Huon Valley.

Why study agriculture?

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture provides industry connected teaching and research. Gain practical experience at one of four farms maintained by the University, including dairy, vegetable and grain farming.

Learn sustainable practices from our world-leading, innovative partners such as Dairy Australia. Our equity programs, including scholarships and mentoring, also encourage diversity in agriculture.

  • Connect with industry leaders like Willie Smith’s, Simplot and Jansz while you study.
  • Learn skills that are applicable to agriculture in countries around the world.
  • Benefit from over $300,000 in scholarships for agriculture and food studies.

Now is the perfect time to begin, or advance, your career in agriculture in Tasmania. If you have a picture in your head of shearing sheep, milking cows or growing crops – think again. There is far more to 21st century agriculture than meets the eye!

Careers in agriculture

Agronomist. Sustainable farming relies on primary producers receiving the most up-to-date information possible to enable sustainable and profitable decisions. As an agronomist you can work with industry to ensure Australia’s farming systems remain economically and environmentally sustainable for future generations.

Agricultural Entrepreneur. A focus on quality niche food products has enabled Australia’s agricultural sector to become one of the world’s great food tourism destinations. Studying agriculture and business will give you hands-on skills in agricultural science and farm management, combined with the business world of marketing and economics.

Agribusiness Consultant. Currency exchange rates, consumer preferences, climate and interest rates are just a few of the things that influence the business decisions that make Australia’s farming enterprises profitable. A career in agribusiness will give you the power to help both primary producers and business lenders make smart business decisions.

Agricultural Scientist. Sustainably feeding more people with fewer resources is a huge challenge facing the world. A career in any area of the agricultural research sector, including soils, pest and disease management, plant and animal genetics, and more, will put you on the front line of meeting this ongoing challenge.

Food Science Consultant. It has been estimated that we waste approximately one third of the food we create. A career in the food safety sector will provide you with the skills to reduce food waste and the impact of food pathogens.

Career opportunities

  • Agricultural economist
  • Agronomist
  • Animal nutritionist
  • Botanist
  • Coastal risk manager
  • Communicator/education officer
  • Horticulturist
  • International agricultural aid
  • Microbiologist
  • Natural resources manager
  • Plant scientist
  • Researcher
  • Rural finance counsellor
  • Soil scientist
  • Viticulturist