Industry opportunities

Smithton High School students Aidan Enniss, Billy Izzard, Logan Orchard, Cooper Hilcke, Jake Russell and Lachlan Blakemore learn about agronomy at the DairyTas Careers Expo at Agritas Trade College last week. Pictures: Ashleigh Force.

Expo. Students discovered what opportunities are available in the dairy industry at the DairyTas Careers Expo last Wednesday.

Held at Agritas Trade College, close to 300 primary and high school students attended the expo to interact with more than 20 local and visiting industry leaders.

“The foundation of what today is about is understanding the importance of the dairy industry [and] the opportunities for careers both on and off the farm,” said Jacki Hine, of DairyTas.

“It is about exposing both students and teachers to careers available on the farm but also career pathways that support the dairy industry.”

Career options can range from a farmhand, stock agent or machinery operator to a veterinary nurse, electrician or fitter, meteorological technical officer, dairy technician, environmental field operator. The roles of geneticist, biological or agricultural scientist, meteorologist, water resource, environmental or chemical engineers, or animal nutritionist are just a small few in the many linked to the industry.

These career paths depend upon the level of education and training, ranging from the completion of high school to graduating university with a bachelor or degree.

“Whilst there is a whole range of opportunities out there they are all interconnected,” says Jacki.

“A really good farm relies on all sorts to make it successful.”

Tenali Horton, Elyse Poke and Erin House of Smithton High School with Circular Head Christian School student Abbey House test out the machinery.

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