What are the main occupations in this sector?
A career in agriculture, horticulture or forestry can be very rewarding and fulfilling. You will have an opportunity to develop a lifestyle which competes very favourably with other professions, particularly with regard to quality of life and job satisfaction.
There is a very broad range of occupations in this sector. Below is a just sample of some of the popular occupations and those currently in demand:
- Agricultural Officer
- Dairy Farmer / Manager
- Mixed Farmer
- Farm Labourer
- Drystock Farmer / Manager
- Agricultural Mechanic
- Landscape Designer
- Organic Crop/Stock Production
- Professional Rider
- Forestry Contractor
- Technical Sales Representative
- Farm Machinery
- Stud Farm Manager
- Food Safety Management
- Environmental Officer / Manager
- Crop Protection
- Food Microbiology
- Food Labelling
- Laboratory Manager
- Agricultural Research
- Forestry worker
- Forestry Manager
- Forestry / Agricultural Advisor
See Occupations Database and search by sector for a comprehensive list.
What types of employment contracts are there?
Employment contacts in the sector vary with opportunities to work
- Full time
- Part time
- Contract work/peak seasonal work
What are the typical earnings of these occupations?
In primary agriculture, this is dependent on whether you are full time or part time, the commodity produced and the size of the farm.
In the private sector, earnings are dependent on the labour market.
Generally the following applies:
- Operatives: Minimum Wage
- Professional (Level 7/8 Training) 30-70k
- Teagasc Graduates (Level 6 and above) 25-40k
For more information see Teagasc National Farm Survey
How do you get a job in this sector?
Civil service jobs in the agrifood sector are advertised through the Public Appointments Service, in the national newspapers and through publicjobs.ie.
For Teagasc opportunities, click here.
The wider public and private sector advertise widely in national newspapers and through employment agencies.
Click here to read 'Stepping Stones to a Career in Horticulture'