It's a great time to train for a career in agriculture, according to a study by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud welcomed the findings which list managerial jobs, including farm managers, as the sector which will have the second most number of job openings by 2024 - 10,100 per year or almost 81,000 total.
"The future looks bright for a job in agriculture," Minister Littleproud said.
"Famers are the backbone of our regional communities, supporting local jobs and the social fabric of our towns.
"As farming gets more mechanised, so will the associated jobs. People with IT expertise, business savvy and specialised skills will be more and more in demand in and around farms.
"Farmers have always been natural innovators and advances in science, drones and smart devices are now playing key roles in making our farms more efficient and profitable.
"The good news is innovation and technology look set to create more jobs on our farms, not less.
"The Coalition Government is working with industry to ensure we take full advantage of these job opportunities, investing in research and development to improve farmgate productivity and profitability.
"Through our free trade agreements we are also opening up new markets for our produce, creating more jobs and helping to lift our agriculture sector towards being a $100 billion industry by 2030."
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research report can be accessed at: www.ncver.edu.au
* Government and industry invest over $600 million annually in research and development and extension through our rural research and development corporations.
* The Coalition Government's $180.5 million Rural R&D for Profit program is on top of this, aiming to improve farmgate productivity and profitability and deliver real outcomes for Australian farmers.