Agri-Business

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Agri-Business

Agricultural Contractor

Agricultural Contractors supply a variety of services to the agricultural industry.

General operations include cultivation, seed drilling, harvesting of cereals, root and forage crops, hedge cutting, and agricultural lime and manure spreading.

Generally, Agricultural Contractors qualifications include:

  • On-the-job training
  • Correct class of drivers licence for heavy machinery
  • National Certificate in Rural Contracting
  • National Certificate in Agricultural Contracting
  • Diploma in Agriculture
  • Diploma in Agri-business Management
  • Bachelor of Agri-business / Agri-science
  • Bachelor of Business Studies

Watch this video about a day in the life of an Agricultural Contractor.

Education

School subjects

Recommended secondary school subjects include English, Biology, Chemistry, Statistics and Modelling; Science, Maths with Calculus, Economics / Accounting, Geography.

Tertiary study

It’s preferred you have a tertiary qualification. Find out about the course, the campus, city life, and lifestyle you can expect, find out where to study.

Where to study

Agricultural Technical Advisor

Agricultural Technical Advisors have specialist subject knowledge, they could be a fertiliser representative or grain and seed agent.

Agricultural Technical Advisors might work for a feed, agri-tech, fertiliser, agrichemical, or grain and seed company.

Agricultural Technical Advisors give advice and/or sell products and provide information on usage, pasture, and crop and livestock management. Some work for themselves. They often visit clients, arrange contracts and payment details for products or services, train clients to use products, answer enquiries and keep sales records and predict future market trends. Agricultural Technical Advisors are usually based at a branch office, store or depot of their employer.

Some Agricultural Technical Advisors have years of experience and professional certifications or accreditations, others have a degrees or postgraduate degrees and give scientific advice. You might be a specialist in dairy cow feed or know how to prevent lameness in cows, or how to plant a waterway.

Generally, Agricultural Technical Advisors have a Bachelor’s degree in:

  • Agricultural Science (Agri-Science)
  • Science (Agriculture)
  • Commerce (Agriculture)
  • Agribusiness

Education

School subjects

Recommended secondary school subjects include English, Biology, Chemistry, Statistics and Modelling; Science, Maths with Calculus, Economics / Accounting, Geography.

Tertiary study

It’s preferred you have a tertiary qualification. Find out about the course, the campus, city life, and lifestyle you can expect, find out where to study.

Where to study

Consulting Officer

A Consulting Officer is DairyNZ’s version of a Farm Advisor / Consultant.

Consulting Officers work with and help farmers make decisions around finances, cows and grass, and people management. They facilitate the flow of information coming from the research and development teams at DairyNZ to the farmers, and the flow of information from farmers to the research team.

Generally, Consulting Officers have a Bachelor’s degree in:

  • Agricultural Science (Agri-Science)
  • Science (Agriculture)
  • Commerce (Agriculture)
  • Agribusiness
  • Economics-Agriculture

Watch this video about a DairyNZ Consultant Officer’s daily work.

Education

School subjects

Recommended secondary school subjects include English, Biology, Chemistry, Statistics and Modelling; Science, Maths with Calculus, Economics / Accounting, Geography.

Tertiary study

It’s preferred you have a tertiary qualification. Find out about the course, the campus, city life, and lifestyle you can expect, find out where to study.

Where to study

Economist

Economists study financial, labour and trade markets, analyse and interpret data, develop forecasts, and explain economic events.

Agricultural Economists examine impacts on rural industries and communities, evaluate national and regional policy, and provide economic research for the Agricultural sector. Economists may advise governments and businesses, develop or assess economic policies and plans, and usually work in offices.

Generally, Economists have a Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Economics, such as a Bachelor’s degree in:

  • Business
  • Social Sciences
  • Management

More about being an Economist at CareersNZ.

Education

School subjects

Recommended secondary school subjects include English, Biology, Chemistry, Statistics and Modelling; Science, Maths with Calculus, Economics / Accounting, Geography.

Tertiary study

It’s preferred you have a tertiary qualification. Find out about the course, the campus, city life, and lifestyle you can expect, find out where to study.

Where to study

Environmental Analyst / Scientist

Environmental Analysts / Scientists are often scientists who study the environment and how plants, animals and other organisms are affected by the environment.

They also analyse human activities and determine our impact on the environment including climate change.

Environmental Analysts / Scientists advise how to avoid or reduce harmful effects on the environment. They might work for a government organisation or as a consultant in a private business.

Generally, Environmental Analysts / Scientists have a postgraduate qualification in science like a Bachelor’s Degree in:

  • Science (with environmental papers)
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Management and Planning
  • Agricultural Science
  • Biological Science
  • Soil Science
  • Earth Science
  • Fresh Water Ecology
  • Engineering

Education

School subjects

Recommended secondary school subjects include English, Biology, Chemistry, Statistics and Modelling; Science, Maths with Calculus, Economics / Accounting, Geography.

Tertiary study

It’s preferred you have a tertiary qualification. Find out about the course, the campus, city life, and lifestyle you can expect, find out where to study.

Where to study

Environmental Consultant

Environmental Consultants addresses environmental issues such as water pollution, air quality, and soil contamination.

An Environmental Consultant conducts both field and desk-based research, and will write detailed scientific reports to be understood by non-technical people.

Farmers may need official permission to carry out activities on their farm that impact on the environment, such as irrigation. Environmental Consultants understand the laws farmers need to follow, and might help them to work with regional councils to apply for consents/permission. Environmental Consultants may work a government agency, private company or have their own business.

Generally, Environmental Consultants have a postgraduate qualification in science like a Bachelor’s Degree in:

  • Science (with environmental papers)
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Management and Planning
  • Agricultural Science
  • Biological Science
  • Soil Science
  • Earth Science
  • Fresh Water Ecology
  • Engineering

Watch this video about an Environmental Consultant and her daily work.

Education

School subjects

Recommended secondary school subjects include English, Biology, Chemistry, Statistics and Modelling; Science, Maths with Calculus, Economics / Accounting, Geography.

Tertiary study

It’s preferred you have a tertiary qualification. Find out about the course, the campus, city life, and lifestyle you can expect, find out where to study.

Where to study

Environmental Engineer

Environmental Engineers assess the impact of engineering projects on water, soil, air, and noise levels, and advise and design ways to minimise this impact.

They also plan and design systems to treat and remove waste, such as waste water systems, take air, water and land samples, and prepare assessments and reports.

Environmental Engineers often work for private consultancies or government agencies.

Generally, Environmental Engineers have a Bachelor’s degree in:

  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technology (specialising in civil, natural and resources engineering)
  • Engineering with Honours (specialising in civil, environmental and natural resources engineering)

More about being an Environmental Engineer at CareersNZ.

Education

School subjects

Recommended secondary school subjects include English, Biology, Chemistry, Statistics and Modelling; Science, Maths with Calculus, Economics / Accounting, Geography.

Tertiary study

It’s preferred you have a tertiary qualification. Find out about the course, the campus, city life, and lifestyle you can expect, find out where to study.

Where to study

Farm Advisor / Consultant

Farm Advisors / Consultants provide professional advice to farmers on how to improve the profitability, efficiency, and sustainability of their farm systems.

There are many kinds of Farm Advisors / Consultants who help farmers in different ways. You might work for an agricultural or horticultural business, an insurance, fertiliser or dairy company, or be a specialist in animal breeding or research. You might work for a government agency or be self-employed.

Generally, you need a Bachelor’s degree in:

  • Agricultural Science (Agri-Science)
  • Science (Agriculture)
  • Commerce (Agriculture)
  • Agribusiness
  • Economics-Agriculture

Regan’s story

Regan McCorquindale, a FarmWise consultant talks about his role and how he got to be in a job he loves.

Education

School subjects

Recommended secondary school subjects include English, Biology, Chemistry, Statistics and Modelling; Science, Maths with Calculus, Economics / Accounting, Geography.

Tertiary study

It’s preferred you have a tertiary qualification. Find out about the course, the campus, city life, and lifestyle you can expect, find out where to study.

Where to study

People Capability Specialist / Developer

At DairyNZ, People Capability Specialists promote good employment and people management practice on farm.

Their goal is to ensure the sector has enough capable people and that people on farm experience decent and motivating workplaces.

This is a career that’s all about people. People Capability Specialists need to be passionate about the growth of people in the primary sector, work independently and with others, and able to create and communicate because they run workshops, develop resources and share information to help farmers.

People Capability Specialists focus on translating knowledge about best management practices and technologies into useable products like DairyNZ’s People Productivity Kit or Career Pathways and services like leadership workshops or seminars for farmers and rural professionals.

People Capability Specialist often have experience in managing people on farm, practical dairy farming experience, and exposure to people management practices.

A tertiary qualification isn’t essential but desirable and an understanding of adult learning principles is helpful.

Generally, People Capability Specialists have a bachelor’s degree in:

  • Science (BSc)
  • Agri-science (B. Ag)
  • Social Science
  • Psychology

Education

School subjects

Recommended secondary school subjects include English, Biology, Chemistry, Statistics and Modelling; Science, Maths with Calculus, Economics / Accounting, Geography.

Tertiary study

It’s preferred you have a tertiary qualification. Find out about the course, the campus, city life, and lifestyle you can expect, find out where to study.

Where to study

Rural / Retail Services

There are many different kinds of careers within the Rural / Retail Services sector.

For example, you could work at a farm store helping customers and making sales, then advance to a Technical Sales Representative who visits farmers to give technical knowledge and provide up-to-date information to help farmers make decisions.

In the Rural / Retail Services sector you can start fresh from school and progress into more technical roles and management positions with on-the-job training provided. Some stores offer tertiary education graduate roles.

Some Rural / Retail Services qualifications include:

  • National Certificate in Rural Servicing
  • On-the-job training
  • Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4)
  • Diploma in Agriculture

Diploma in Agri-business Management

  • Bachelor of Agri-science
  • Bachelor of Business Studies

Rural / Retail Services roles and career progression at a farm store.

Education

School subjects

Recommended secondary school subjects include English, Biology, Chemistry, Statistics and Modelling; Science, Maths with Calculus, Economics / Accounting, Geography.

Tertiary study

It’s preferred you have a tertiary qualification. Find out about the course, the campus, city life, and lifestyle you can expect, find out where to study.

Where to study

Rural Accountant

Rural Accountants provide accounting systems and services relating to taxation and the financial dealings of rural businesses such as dairy farms.

Rural Accountants prepare financial statements, record the amount of money spent and received, check budgets and do GST.

Generally, Rural Accountants have a Bachelor’s degree in:

  • Agricultural Commerce
  • Accounting / Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Agribusiness
  • Commerce

Find out more about being a Rural Accountant at CareersNZ.

Education

School subjects

Recommended secondary school subjects include English, Biology, Chemistry, Statistics and Modelling; Science, Maths with Calculus, Economics / Accounting, Geography.

Tertiary study

It’s preferred you have a tertiary qualification. Find out about the course, the campus, city life, and lifestyle you can expect, find out where to study.

Where to study

Rural Banker

Rural Bankers look after a number of farming clients, helping them with their business needs.

They meet with clients on a regular basis to discuss how the customer is working towards achieving their goals – this could be about buying or selling land, livestock and a range of other assets, or how to involve other family members. It can be an extremely rewarding job being a key member of your customers business team.

Generally, Rural Bankers have a Bachelor’s degree in:

  • Agricultural Commerce
  • Accounting / Economics
  • Agricultural Science (Agri-Science)
  • Agribusiness
  • Commerce / Finance
  • Business Studies

Education

School subjects

Recommended secondary school subjects include English, Biology, Chemistry, Statistics and Modelling; Science, Maths with Calculus, Economics / Accounting, Geography.

Tertiary study

It’s preferred you have a tertiary qualification. Find out about the course, the campus, city life, and lifestyle you can expect, find out where to study.

Where to study

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About DairyNZ

DairyNZ is an organisation that, through research, events, services, education and policy, works with dairy farmers to secure and enhance the profitability, sustainability and competitiveness of New Zealand dairy farming. New Zealand dairy farmers pay DairyNZ a levy to support them. Find out more at www.dairynz.co.nz.