Go Agri-business

A career in Agri-business enables you to provide a range of professional services to farmers and farm businesses. Leading corporate organisations and smaller independent companies also have Agri-business roles, giving you the option to live and work in a large city or a smaller rural town.

“If you’re driven, you’ll get wherever you want to get to.”

Hollie Wham & Owen Clegg, Manutahi

Your pathway to Agri-business

Secondary school

If you’re considering a career in Agri-business and are still in secondary school, recommended subjects include English, Biology, Chemistry, Statistics and Modelling, Science, Maths with Calculus, Economics / Accounting and Geography. After graduating from secondary school, you can choose to learn on the job, become a full time tertiary student or even study while you work.

Tertiary study

Many tertiary institutions offer Agri-business related certificates, diplomas, and degrees. There are a variety of courses, locations, campuses, and student lifestyles.

Career story

No two days are the same when you choose a career in Agri-business. DairyNZ Extension Partner Nicola Blowey shares how her hybrid role gets her on the ground with dairy farmers.

Agri-business roles

Agri-business Banker

You’ll help farming clients achieve their specialised business goals when buying or selling land, livestock, and other assets.

Agricultural Contractor

Supply a range of services to the dairy sector from specialist roles such as cultivation, seed drilling, and harvesting to hands-on work like hedge-cutting, agricultural lime and manure spreading.

Agricultural Technical Advisor

Advise farmers, growers, and organisations on business, production, land, crop, and livestock management.


Provide economic research for the agricultural sector by examining the impact on rural industries and communities and evaluating national and regional policy.

Environmental Consultant

Utilise your knowledge of cultural heritage, regulatory laws and compliance requirements to help farmers operate sustainably and address environmental issues.

Extension Partner

Work for DairyNZ helping farmers make informed decisions and facilitating research and development between farmers and DairyNZ.

Farm Advisor / Consultant

Provide independent advice to improve profitability, efficiency, and sustainability of farm systems for specialist topics like fertiliser, dairy, and breeding.

People Capability Specialist / Developer

Utilise your people skills and maximise productivity by getting the right people with the right capabilities into the farm roles that suit their talents.

Rural Accountant

Use your accounting knowledge to provide systems and services relating to taxation and the financial dealings of rural and farm businesses.

Rural / Retail Services

From customer services in a farm store to sales representatives who visit farms, you’ll provide up-to-date information to help farmers make important decisions.

Agri-science or dairy farming more your thing?

The dairy sector is full of options.