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 - joboutlook.gov.au
***Source: 2019 GOS National Report        

Where can Agriculture and Environment take you?

  • Spatial Consultant, Jacobs Australia
  • Project Engineer, BHP, Central Queensland
  • Scientist (Water Quality Monitoring), Queensland Department of Environment and Science
  • Currently undertaking a work-and-travel gap year in Germany
  • Environmental Officer, Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
  • Mine Geologist, Ernest Henry Mining
  • Geospatial Analyst (Consultant), Queensland Urban Utilities
  • Veterinarian, 3D Biomodeler, 3D researcher and Owner of Axis 3D Medical Printing, Ecuador
  • Senior Carnivore Keeper, Auckland Zoo
  • Mine Manager, Lhoist
  • Senior Grain Merchant, AGT Foods Australia
  • Conservation Communications Strategist, The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, Canada
  • Nutritionist, Food and Nutrition Specialists Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • PhD Candidate, UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sustainability
  • Sales and Marketing Assistant – Fruit & Vegetable Exporter, Harrowsmiths International
  • Head Agronomist and Production Manager, Queensland Berries
  • Research Scientist, Mars Petcare Australia
  • Head of Technical and R&D Manager, Flavour Creations
  • Mining Officer (Compliance), Northern Territory Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
  • Palaeontologist and PhD candidate
  • Environmental Compliance Specialist at Shive-Hattery Iowa City, USA
  • Regional Coordinator, National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity, Mexico
  • Trainer and Assessor, UQ Skills
  • Principal Environmental Consultant, Applied Eco Solutions
  • Senior Fellow, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Environment and Disaster Management Program
  • Development Officer, International Ranger Federation
  • Scientific Aide, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Produce Manager, Harvest FreshCuts
  • Quality Assurance, Priestley’s Gourmet Delights
  • Owner, Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers
  • Co-owner, McMaunder Gardens, Brisbane
  • Data Manager, South East Asian Rainforest Research Partnership (SEARRP), Malaysia
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