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Careers in Dairy

There’s a lot to love about being a dairy farmer: the lifestyle, the freedom to be your own boss, working on the land and with animals and producing a great product that’s enjoyed by millions.

Farmers also need a great deal of knowledge and training to have a successful career in the dairy industry. In fact, according to the National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE), dairy farmers need over 170 different skills(1) to run a successful farm business.

Dairying is also a vital part of the local community fabric, supporting a whole range of businesses off the farm, including feed suppliers, mechanics, equipment retailers, veterinarian services, schools and even sporting clubs and many others.

With 43,000 Australians directly employed in dairy – and many more working in it indirectly – our industry creates jobs for generations and careers for life.

So whether you want to work on the farm, as an agronomist, agricultural scientist or vet, in manufacturing, transport and logistics, sustainability or even as an artisan cheesemaker, there are plenty of pathways to a great career in the industry.

For more information on a career in Australian dairying visit the NCDE, the industry’s education and training provider. The NCDE offers nationally accredited courses in agriculture and dairy manufacturing ranging from Certificate II through to Advanced Diploma. It can also offer pathways to degrees.


1. National Centre for Dairy Education, ‘Dairy Farm Skills Framework’
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