311111 Agricultural Technician

ANZSCO Occupation Code: 
311111
ANZSCO Occupation Name: 
Agricultural Technician
Skill Assessing Authority: 
Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List: 
Yes
Short-term Skilled Occupation List: 
No
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme: 
Yes
LMT Protected Occupation: 
No
ANZSCO Occupation Description: 

311111 AGRICULTURAL TECHNICIAN

Alternative Title:
Agricultural Technical Officer

Performs tests and experiments, and provides technical support to assist Agricultural Scientists in areas such as research, production, servicing and marketing.
Skill Level: 2
Specialisations:
Agriculture Laboratory Technician
Artificial Insemination Technical Officer
Dairy Technician
Field Crop Technical Officer
Herd Tester
Horticultural Technical Officer

ANZSCO Skill Level: 
2

3111 Agricultural Technicians

ANZSCO Unit Group Code: 
3111
ANZSCO Unit Group Name: 
Agricultural Technicians
ANZSCO Unit Group Description: 

3111 AGRICULTURAL TECHNICIANS

AGRICULTURAL TECHNICIANS perform tests and experiments, and provide technical support to assist Agricultural Scientists in areas such as research, production, servicing and marketing.
Indicative Skill Level:
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.
In Australia:
AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

In New Zealand:
NZ Register Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
Tasks Include:

examining topographical, physical and soil characteristics of farmland to determine its most effective use and identify nutrient deficiencies
assisting in developing new methods of planting, fertilising, harvesting and processing crops to achieve optimum land usage
identifying pathogenic micro-organisms and insects, parasites, fungi and weeds harmful to crops and livestock, and assisting in devising methods of control
analysing produce to set and maintain standards of quality
inspecting livestock to gauge the effectiveness of feed formulae
assisting in controlled breeding experiments to develop improved crop and livestock strains
arranging the supply of drugs, vaccines and other chemicals to Farmers and Farm Managers, and giving advice on their use
collecting and collating data for research
planning slaughtering, harvesting and other aspects of production processes
may advise producers on farming techniques and management

Avg. weekly earnings - males (May 2012): 
987.00
Avg. weekly earnings - females (May 2012): 
910.80
Avg. weekly earnings - persons (May 2012): 
941.50