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Primary industries and animal science

Primary industries and animal science

Australia is an amazing land. If you love working on its soils, in its oceans or with its animals then a career in the primary industries is right for you.

Primary industry in Australia includes agriculture, fishing, mining and other sectors that work with our natural resources. A career in one of these industries means you're working with over 253,000 people and helping to produce over $68 billion a year for NSW.

Your career options are as wide as Australia itself. You can start a career directly in agriculture, mining, or learn the business of running an enterprise. You can get your thumb green with forestry, horticulture or floristry. Even if you're working in veterinary nursing, food processing, irrigation or land management, you're part of this giant industry that operates Australia wide and across the world.

As the management of our natural resources changes, you'll learn new expertise to manage our resources to be economically and environmentally sustainable. With a career in primary industries you're helping to ensure Australia's future as well as your own.

Mining labourers earn on average $1550 a week[i], landscape gardeners $825[ii], livestock farmers $1000[iii], animal trainers $961[iv] and land care workers $1046[v].

[i] Joboutlook.gov.au, [ii] Myfuture.edu.au, [iii] Joboutlook.gov.au, [iv] Joboutlook.gov.au, [v] Myfuture.edu.au

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Sustainability, Laboratory and Water Operations

Dianne Werden

South Western Sydney Institute
Barry Nielsen
Animal Care

Barry Nielsen

Sydney TAFE

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