Recruitment: Agtech skills will be fundamental within future ag careers

Beef Central, 09/12/2022

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EDUCATION in agtech will be key to the next generation of workers looking to secure a career in agriculture, a state government Careers, Education & Training report says.

Within ten years, 30 percent of agriculture roles will be automated, this Queensland Government Department of Agriculture report suggests.

A further 11pc will be technology-augmented, with an increasing emphasis on innovative artificial intelligence and wearable devices.

“AgTech is already making an impact on management practices right across agriculture and will change the employment landscape in agriculture in the future,” the report says.

Agriculture is now a fast-changing industry, rapidly shaped by big data, large-scale computing and new technology. New skills might range from mastering water manitoring systems to gaining a drone pilot’s license.

“It is prime time to upskill in agtech to make the most of opportunities emerging now and in the future. Pursuing a career or learning extra skills in agtech offers excitement, innovation and problem-solving where employees can help agribusiness thrive in the next generation of farming – the future is bright,” the report said.

The report offers a range of entry points to existing stakeholders and those considering entering the industry wishing to upskill in agtech, ranging from study and training to secondary school level activity designed to stimulate career paths in agriculture.

“As the demand for automated precision agriculture technologies increases, so will demand for a tech workforce in farming and grazing industries,” it said.

The Australian Agritech Association regularly posts job openings via a Slack message platform channel via the #jobs thread.

Young stakeholders can also subscribe to the AusAgritech monthly newsletter, which carries agtech-related job advertisements.

Other digital channels worth monitoring for tech-related jobs in agriculture include:

Job opportunities in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector have been steadily on the rise in the recent past: employment has grown by roughly 17.5pc over the last five years, says Dr Richard Koech, Senior Lecturer and Head of Course for Agriculture at CQUniversity, in the report.

“Although the market is expected to experience some highs and lows, Dr Keoch highlights that the employment outlook in the agtech sector is still very promising.

“I’m not aware of anyone who has graduated with an agtech-related degree who has failed to find a job. The future looks very bright,” he said.








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