Top 5 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Occupations
|Top 5 Occupations||This Industry||All Industries|
|Livestock Farm Workers||26,700||31,700|
|Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmers||25,200||25,800|
|Crop Farm Workers||19,300||24,000|
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is a small employing industry, with 3% of national employment, but it offers around 250,000 jobs in regional Australia (representing 84% of its workforce). The largest employing subsector is Agriculture, which has close to 90% of this industry’s jobs.
Employment in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing fell by 11.3% over the five years to November 2015, with nearly every subsector losing jobs. Despite the fall nationally, there was some growth in Victoria (up by 14,700 or 19.9%) and South Australia (6,900 or 21.2%). Further job losses are projected over the five years to November 2020 (down by 9,400 or 3.1%).
Consistent with the concentration of employment in Agriculture, half the workers in this industry are Farmers and Farm Managers.
The workforce profiles of this industry are quite different from the averages across all industries. Many of the skills are learned on-the-job and 50% of workers do not hold post-school qualifications. The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing workforce is also significantly older than the all industries average, with 58% of workers aged 45 years and over (compared with 39%). Youth (15 to 24 years) make up 9% of employment. Jobs are more likely to be full-time and workers are less likely to be female than the all industries averages.
Educational attainment, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (% of industry total)
Age profile, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (% of industry total)
Employment projections by region, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, five years to November 2020 (% change)
For more information see lmip.gov.au
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Industry Employment Projections