Agriculture and Environment

With the world’s population expected to reach 10 billion people by 2050, experts in sustainably managing the environment and agricultural practices will be in high demand.

Studying Agriculture will prepare you to go beyond traditional farming, and be in-demand in the food, fibre and farming industries. Modern agriculture combines scientific, technological, management, economic, environmental, and social principles to sustainably feed the world.

Increasing human populations and greater demands for resources are exerting dangerous pressures on the environment in Australia and throughout the world. More than ever, we need to enhance our understanding of fundamental Environmental Science to ensure the health of our planet and people.

Environmental Scientists tackle global challenges such as understanding the environmental impacts of climate change, sustainably managing natural resources, and providing food and water security.

Fast Facts:

  • The Australian Agricultural sector was worth $62 billion in 2018-19. It employs around 300,000 people or 2.5% of the national workforce.*
  • The demand for Agricultural Scientists is expected to increase by 14.6% on current numbers between 2019 and 2024.**
  • 92% of environmental specialists are employed on graduation.***
  • Roles for Environmental Scientists are expected to increase by 12.5% between 2019-2024.**
  • UQ is ranked No. 1 in Australia in Agriculture 
  • UQ is ranked No. 1 in Australia in Environmental Sciences 
*Source: ABARES - Snapshot of Australian Agriculture 2020   **Source: Job Outlook -   ***Source: 2019 GOS National Report        

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