Career Pathways in horticulture are many and various
The operations and contracted services involved in growing fruit and vegetables, harvesting, packing, storing and transporting them to markets at a high standard of quality for the consumer to buy and enjoy provide a wealth of career paths and job opportunities.
Whether you are in administration, marketing, agronomy or management, working in production horticulture can be a very rewarding career. A bonus is that at least some of the time you will be working outdoors, rather than in an office environment. Horticulture producers are now transforming the way they are doing business by embracing modern technology and innovation to enhance competitiveness, making careers in horticulture more exciting than ever.
Many people start by working on a farm and develop their career through apprenticeships, combining on-the-job training and practical experience with study through a registered training organisation (RTO). Others go straight from school to full-time vocational training or university course before entering the workforce. The choice is up to you and your capabilities.
To find out which Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) deliver agriculture or production horticulture-related qualifications visit the Australian Government’s myskills website. This easy-to-use website also provides information about average course duration and price, available funding support, the labour market, entry requirements and graduate satisfaction with the training.
The Food Innovation Australia Ltd website lists which universities deliver agriculture or production horticulture-related qualifications. This useful website includes an Australian map that enables you to search by state or territory.
The Ag Inspirations Program is an initiative that has been adapted from the Smith Family’s Work Inspirations program for use within the agricultural industry. Aimed at promoting careers in agriculture, it provides high school students with a taste of various jobs within the agricultural industry via a tour of real-life farms and/or agricultural suppliers and training providers. It also provides high school students with an opportunity to learn more about their personal strengths and the area of agriculture that best matches their interests.
Ag Inspirations relies on a collaborative approach between a number of stakeholders including the Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network, Agforce Schools to Industry Partnership Program, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Department of Education and Training, agribusinesses and high schools among others.