Viticulturists play a central role in the production of wine. They are educated about soil types and use this scientific knowledge to plan, supervise and coordinate the growing of selected grape varieties.
Where viticulturalists are employed
Most positions for viticulturists are in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia.
Vineyards vary in size from small operations to large companies. Viticulturists with considerable experience can work as consultants to multiple wineries.
Full-time viticulturists in South Australia generally earn less than $600 per week.
In 2011 there were 1,327 people employed full-time as viticulturists in South Australia compared with 1,721 in 2006.
How to become one
Usually you need to have a degree in science, applied science, agricultural science or horticulture and post graduate studies in viticulture. At school consider doing English, maths, chemistry and biology.
For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).
Check South Australian universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.
For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).
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