Agriculture offers exciting careers

Posted by Josette Dunn on 30th August 2010

Young people are being encouraged to ‘open their minds’ to a career in agriculture, with the launch of a new information brochure by WA Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman at the Dowerin Field Days.Mr Redman said the ‘Open your mind: careers in agriculture’ origami-style brochure sought to inspire upper school students to consider the vast range of career opportunities in agriculture.

“There are so many different, dynamic careers young people can pursue in agriculture,” he said.

“This brochure highlights the many sectors of the industry that have something to offer everyone – whether it’s outside in the field, inside in the lab, in marketing, economics or the media.”

The brochure features several case studies providing an insight into different jobs in agriculture.

“The young people in the case studies are all passionate about their jobs and the future of the agriculture sector,” the Minister said.

“I encourage all young people, whether they are in the city or the country, to have a look at the brochure and think about a career in agriculture.”

Details of where to go for more information about careers in agriculture are also included in the publication.

The brochure is available at the Department of Agriculture and Food’s display, themed ‘Futures in Agriculture’, which is also hosting a Careers Trail competition for high school students.

Participants in the competition do a questionnaire that requires them to go to different displays to find out about various careers.

“This fun, unique competition provides an avenue for young people to talk directly to people who work in the agriculture industry and inspire them to consider a future in the sector,” Mr Redman said.

The ‘Open your mind: careers in agriculture’ brochure is available from Department of Agriculture and Food offices or online at http://www.agric.wa.gov.au by searching for ‘careers’.