Agribusiness, Horticulture & Fishing
Agricultural Technical Officer
Agricultural technical officers perform duties such as measuring and analysing the quality of food and agricultural products.
What does an Agricultural Technical Officer do?
Agricultural and food science technical officers assist agricultural and food scientists by performing duties such as measuring and analysing the quality of food and agricultural products. They provide complex technical support and advise on aspects of agriculture such as research, production, servicing and marketing.
Agricultural technical officers:
- record data pertaining to experimentation, research, or animal care
- measure or weigh ingredients used in laboratory testing
- collate and prepare data summaries, reports, or analysis that includes charts or graphs to show research findings and results
- assemble laboratory or field equipment when needed for experiments or testing
- ready samples for analysis, following appropriate procedures to ensure that they are stored, prepared, and disposed of properly
- examine livestock or crop specimens to inspect for diseases or other problems.
Key skills and interests
To become an agricultural technical officer, you would need:
- to be good at science
- analytical and problem solving skills
- to enjoy agriculture and the environment
- accuracy in making observations and recordings
- to be able to work as part of a team
- to enjoy working outdoors.
Working hours and conditions
Agricultural and food science technical officers typically work full time and have standard work schedules.
Agricultural and food science technical officers work in laboratories, processing plants, in the field, and in offices. They usually work in a team with other scientists.
How to become an Agricultural Technical Officer?
Entry Level Education
To become an agricultural technical officer you usually have to complete a VET qualification in agriculture, horticulture, sustainable agriculture or animal technology.
Your employment prospects may be improved if you have a degree in agricultural science, or a science degree with a major in agriculture-related studies. English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
Employment of agricultural and food technicians is projected to show some growth.
More technology and scientific knowledge related to food production will allow greater control of food production and processing activities and in turn increase demand for agricultural and food technical officers. Continued population growth will drive the need to increase efficiency of production and processing methods. More awareness and enforcement of food safety regulations will increase inspection requirements, which, in turn, will increase the need for agricultural and food science technical officers.