Agricultural Engineers

ANZSCO ID 233912

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
90
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
91%
Female Share
5%
Average age
46

Summary

Agricultural Engineers perform and supervise engineering work related to the use and development of agricultural land, buildings, machines and equipment.

Tasks

  • Studies operating requirements for a variety of agricultural machinery, structures and equipment and engages in research and development work.

  • Advises employers, associates or clients on agricultural engineering matters and may consult with other specialists.

  • Designs machinery, structures and equipment and prepares working drawings and other specifications, indicating materials to be used and methods of manufacture and construction.

  • Supervises construction or manufacture and installation of structures and equipment and tests completed work to ensure compliance with specifications and safety standards.


Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Other Engineering Professionals, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 91% of people employed as Agricultural Engineers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 25 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 47 hours per week in their main job. This is 3 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
26.7%
2
Manufacturing
19.8%
3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
18.6%
4
Other Services
11.6%
5
Other industries
17.4%

Regions

Employment across Australia


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
46
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
5%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Agricultural Engineers is 46 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.

    Females make up 5% of the workforce. This is 43 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Agricultural Engineers All Jobs Average

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in agricultural engineering is needed to work as an Agricultural Engineer. Some workers have a postgraduate qualification.

Registration may be required in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.


Skills and Knowledge

Employers look for Other Engineering Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 64%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 63%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 61%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 61%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 59%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 57%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 55%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 55%

    Mathematics

    Using maths to solve problems.

  • 55%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 54%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 52%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  • 52%

    Systems evaluation

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  • 50%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 50%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 48%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 46%

    Management of personnel resources

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  • 46%

    Operation monitoring

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • 45%

    Science

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  • 45%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 43%

    Learning strategies

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 92%

    Engineering and technology

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  • 87%

    Technical design

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  • 83%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 80%

    Physics

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  • 73%

    Mechanical

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • 71%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • 69%

    Building and construction

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  • 67%

    Customer and personal service

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  • 64%

    Chemistry

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  • 61%

    Geography

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  • 60%

    English language

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • 60%

    Production and processing

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  • 60%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 59%

    Food production

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

  • 57%

    Biology

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  • 57%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 56%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  • 55%

    Sales and marketing

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  • 54%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 47%

    Economics and accounting

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 64%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 64%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 63%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 59%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 59%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 59%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 57%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 57%

    Mathematics

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  • 54%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 54%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 54%

    Working with numbers

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  • 52%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 48%

    Brainstorming

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  • 46%

    Flexibility of closure

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  • 46%

    Originality

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  • 46%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 46%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 46%

    Visualization

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  • 46%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 43%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 82%

    Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  • 82%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 81%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 80%

    Collecting and organising information

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  • 80%

    Making sense of information and ideas

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  • 78%

    Thinking creatively

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  • 77%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 76%

    Giving expert advice

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  • 73%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 73%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 72%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 70%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 70%

    Checking compliance with standards

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  • 70%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 67%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  • 67%

    Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  • 65%

    Leading and encouraging a team

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  • 65%

    Checking for errors or defects

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  • 64%

    Explaining things to people

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  • 63%

    Working with computers

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 95%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 90%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 62%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 43%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 43%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 19%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 81%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 81%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 76%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 67%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  • 52%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  • 48%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 98%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 97%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 95%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 88%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 84%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 82%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 82%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 82%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 81%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 81%

    Letters and memos

    Write letters and memos.

  • 77%

    Spend time sitting

    Spend time sitting at work.

  • 76%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 75%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 72%

    Responsible for outcomes

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  • 70%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 68%

    In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  • 67%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 66%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  • 62%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 62%

    Competition

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2021.00 - Agricultural Engineers.


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