In the dairy sector, Farm Systems Modellers use computer models to simulate the interactions between cows, grass, crops, and management in a farm system to answer questions that would be costly to undertake, take a long time, and be a lot of work in real life to determine.
In the environment field, Modellers study data related to pollution, resources, ecosystems, and the climate.
Modelling specialist will have a high level of IT skills in specialist software.
Generally, Modellers / Farm Systems Scientists have a Bachelor’s degree in:
- Agricultural Science (Agri-Science)
- Science (Agriculture)
For a career in science
For a science career (Research Technician, Statistician, Farm Advisor or Farm Systems Modeller), but not working as a scientist, you will need an undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s Degree) which generally takes three years’ university study.
To be a scientist
You need a postgraduate qualification (Master's or Doctorate) which takes four or more years’ university study. You could be an Animal Behaviour Scientist, Plant or Animal Geneticist, Agricultural Microbiologist or Reproduction Scientist.