Farm Manager

What does a Farm Manager do?

Farm managers are responsible for the supervision of the fertilizing, planting, spraying, cultivating and harvesting procedures of crops, general care of the animals and be diligent in the control of illnesses. Farm Managers also often have responsibilities around marketing and distribution of all the produce created by the farm.

What do I need to be good at?

Food and Fibre industries require you to be

  • Passionate and committed to your chosen industry
  • Willing to learn
  • Able to solve problems creatively
  • A good team worker
  • Reliable
  • Honest
  • Punctual
How much do I get paid?

The average salary for a Farm Manager is $56,105 per year.

Where can I get trained?

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At school

With a vocational Education and Training (VET) program in

  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Landscaping
  • Conservation & Land management
  • Aboriculture

“No matter what subjects you choose – there is a link to a career in food and fibre.” Victorian Farmers Federation, 2014.


Or a private higher education provider where you don’t need an ATAR, and courses take between six months and two years.

At university where you can choose an undergraduate degree in:

  • Information Technology (many 21st Century agribusinesses rely on IT)
  • Engineering
  • Communications
  • Commerce
  • Environmental Science
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Biotechnology
  • Agricultural Science
  • Genetics

You can learn on the job

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Where can I get experience?

At school through your year 10 work experience program. Contact your school careers advisor, or ask a local agribusiness for some voluntary work.

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What can this job lead to?

Owning and managing your own business.