AGRI-BUSINESS

GET INTO AGRI-BUSINESS AND BE A TRUSTED EXPERT

Agri-business professionals provide a range of skilled, professional services to farmers and farm businesses.

did you know?

An average farmer uses about ten different advisors to help run their farm business.

WHAT DO YOU WAN TO BE?

You don’t need to know exactly what you want to do right now. If you have a general idea, you can take some next steps.

Possible Agri-business work places

  • Seed or agri-chemical companies
  • Agri-business companies
  • Farm retails stores
  • Banks
  • Private consultant companies
  • Government organisations
  • Rural lenders
  • Fertiliser companies
  • Accounting firms

PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU

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.

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

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

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

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

Dairy Farming

Dairy farming offers a career outdoors, working in a team, with farm animals, machinery, technology, pasture and crops. An average farmer uses about ten different agri-business and agri-science advisors to help run their farm business.

Possible dairy farming careers include Farm Assistant, Herd Manager, Assistant Manager 2IC, Farm Manager, Business Operations Manager, Variable Order Sharemilker and Contract Milker, 50:50 Sharemilker and Farm Owner.

Check out GoDairy's Dairy Farming page to discover opportunities.

Because dairy farming is many jobs...

Economist

Economists analyse financial, labour and trade markets, and predict or explain economic events. Rural Economists examine rural economies including farm and non-farm industry, economic growth, development, and change and inter-regional trade and land use.

Economists may advise governments and businesses, develop economic policies and plans, and usually work in in offices.

Generally, Economists have a Bachelor’s Degree with an Economics major in:
  • • Business
  • • Social Sciences
  • • Management

More about being an Economist at CareersNZ.

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.

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.

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.

Consulting Officer

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

Consulting Officers work with farmers and help farmers make decision making 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.

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

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

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EXPLORE CAREERS

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