Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists (NOC 2123)

About this job

Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists:

  • provide assistance and advice to farmers on all aspects of farm management, cultivation, fertilization, harvesting, soil erosion and composition, disease prevention, nutrition, crop rotation and marketing
  • work for businesses, institutions and governments that assist the farming community, or they may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • adviser, agricultural
  • agent, field service - agriculture
  • agricultural consultant / representative
  • expert, soil fertility
  • officer, acreage-quota assignment
  • Professional agrologist
  • adviser, agricultural
  • agent, field service - agriculture
  • agricultural consultant / representative
  • agriculturist
  • agrologist / consulting agrologist
  • agronomist / extension service agronomist

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$74,081

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists:

  • provide counselling and advisory services to farmers on crop cultivation and fertilization, harvesting, animal and poultry care, disease prevention, farm management, farm financing, marketing and other agricultural subjects
  • prepare and carry out information sessions and lectures for farmers and other groups
  • carry out research, analyze agricultural data and prepare research reports
  • communicate with researchers, educators, and government or business managers on matters relating to farming and agriculture
  • keep records of services provided and the effects of advice given

Special duties

Workers in this group may concentrate on aspects of agriculture such as:

  • animal science
  • field crops
  • horticulture
  • soil science
  • irrigation
  • drainage
  • farm management
  • marketing
  • agricultural economics
  • land use
  • environmental management
  • appraisal
  • extension
  • education

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

As of July 1, 2017 when the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) came into force, you will not need significant additional training, experience, testing or assessment if your qualifications or certificates are recognized by a Canadian regulatory authority. This applies whether you were trained in Canada or internationally. Learn about labour mobility at www.workersmobility.ca. For information about labour mobility and foreign qualifications recognition, contact the B.C. regulator for your occupation.

  • A bachelor's or master's degree in agriculture or in a related science is required.
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in a provincial institute of agrology is usually required.
  • In Quebec, membership in the Ordre professionnel des agronomes is mandatory.

Skills

  • Spatial Perception
  • Innovative
  • Numerical Ability
  • Detail-Oriented
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Agriculture Related

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
20
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
130
Average annual employment growth:
1.4%
Expected number of job openings:
70
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
60
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
30
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

At this time, career path information is not available for this occupation.

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