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Role and key duties

Horticulturists work in plant propagation, crop production, plant breeding and genetic engineering, plant biochemistry, plant physiology, and the storage, processing, and transportation of fruits, berries, nuts, vegetables, flowers, trees, shrubs and turf. They improve crop yield, quality and nutritional value, and resistance to insects, diseases and environmental stresses.

Duties may include: identifying and correcting soil deficiencies; identifying and treating pests and diseases on plants; the preparation of fields, garden beds or lawn areas by cultivating soil and adding fertilisers and compost; using growth regulators and other chemicals; reading landscape plans and construction of rockeries, paths or ponds; and planting and transplanting flowers, shrubs, trees and lawns.

Minimum qualification required

Completion of an Advanced Diploma in Horticulture.

Recommended qualification

Degree in Agricultural Science, Agriculture or Horticulture.

Job Family

Agriculture/primary industry
Almost everything we need in life such as food, clothes and energy starts with primary industries. Victoria is Australia"s main producer of mutton, lamb, dairy products and dried vine fruits. The government offers a range of careers in agriculture, fisheries and the forest industries, supporting our agricultural industries.

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