PROFESSIONAL careers in agriculture will be easier to search for, thanks to the new website Career Harvest, launched by Parliamentary Secretary Dr Mike Kelly in Canberra last week.
The website is the work of the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture, supported by funds from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
"This provides, for the first time, a comprehensive and detailed account of the exciting range of professional careers in agriculture, horticulture, animal production, fisheries and forestry," said ACDA president Professor Rick Roush.
"It complements the career websites devoted to vocational careers."
More than 250 career options are described with required qualifications, institutions where the qualifications can be gained and, in some cases, a testimonial from people working in that position.
Professor Roush said Career Harvest would help to build the image of the industry as exciting, high tech and full of wonderful opportunities.
"A full range of options exist from laboratory to field, from finance to marketing, from advisory to research. There is something there for everyone," Professor Roush said.
The ACDA has regularly identified a shortfall in graduates for the industry. And global concern about food supply over coming decades indicates a buoyant job market for the foreseeable future.
Career Harvest can be accessed at www.csu.edu.au/special/acda/careers/ or through the ACDA website.
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