Australia’s horticulture industry comprises fruit, vegetables, nuts, flowers, turf and nursery products. The industry operates in a highly competitive domestic and international market, is labour intensive and mostly seasonal. The horticulture industry also contributes significantly to the prosperity of people living in rural and regional Australia.

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Industry Statistics

Here we provide some key data about the industry. It is important to understand the size and scope of our industry and future opportunities.
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Skills Outlook

In this section, we provide an overview of the industry outlook and trends, new and emerging skills needs as well as identify the priority skill needs of the industry.
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Information to help you understand the careers and pathways available in the horticulture and broader food and fiber industries, including getting horticulture training or an apprenticeship.
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Skills Outlook

$60 Billion

Australia’s agricultural industry is worth around 60 billion dollars to the Australian economy.
Ensuring this industry has a consistent source of skilled and developed workers is key to the future success of the industry.

Anticipating future skills needs in the agriculture, horticulture and conservation and land management sector remains crucial to preparing to meet the new demands of food markets, business requirements and biosecurity in Australia. The skills and knowledge needed across the industry are very broad, as is to be expected in this sector.

Skills are needed to support work in areas including:

  • Farm Management and Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Science
  • Horticulture
  • Permaculture
  • Organic Farming and Horticulture
  • Viticulture
  • Medicinal Crops
  • Food Science and Biotechnology
  • Quality Management
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Horticulture Careers

Horticulture is the art, technology, business, education and science of plants. It is the food we eat, the landscapes we live and play in, the environments we thrive in. It is the business of managing and using what we grow, while maintaining the health of our soil, air, and water, and the well-being of our children, our communities, and our world. In short – it’s all about plants! There are hundreds of career pathways to choose from. Here are some of them to help you start exploring.

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  • Aeroculture specialist
  • Agronomist
  • Aquaculture specialist
  • Biosecurity Specialist
  • Culinary Horticulturist
  • Enologist
  • Farmer
  • Food scientist
  • Grower
  • Hydroponics specialist
  • Integrated pest management specialist
  • Horticultural Technician
  • Irrigation Specialist
  • Olericulturist
  • Plant breeder
  • Plant diagnostician
  • Plant inspector
  • Plant Nutritionist
  • Plant propagator
  • Produce Inspector
  • Produce marketer
  • Soil specialist
  • Urban farmer
  • Viticulturist
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There are new horticulture jobs being created every single day. If you’re looking to get started, VEG Education can help you build the skills you need and ensure you have practical, real-world experience, making you attractive to employers. Whatever horticulture job you’re aiming for, VEG Education can set you on the path to get there. We can even connect you with a horticulture apprenticeship or horticulture traineeship. To get started, view our programs here.

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