An agricultural engineer develops efficient farming methods and designs equipment that will increase crop yields and improve land use with sustainable approaches to agricultural production.

Where agricultural engineers are employed

Agricultural engineers may be employed in private consulting firms, or by manufacturers and distributors of agricultural and irrigation equipment, corporate farms, intensive animal industries and food processing plants. In the public sector, jobs may be available with state or territory governments in water supply, agriculture, forestry, soil conservation and environment protection agencies.


Full-time agricultural engineers in South Australia generally earn less than $600 per week.

Graph of pay scale for agricultural engineer

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 21 people employed full-time as agricultural engineers in South Australia, compared with 12 in 2006.

How to become one

Usually you need a degree in engineering with a major in agricultural engineering. At school consider doing English and maths.  For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in SA, 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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