AgriSciences Careers

Agrisciences

Bachelor of AgriSciences:

The Bachelor of Agrisciences (BScAgri) is aimed at providing students with a broad knowledge on the agricultural sector, ranging from the business environment to the outdoor environment, all of which can lead to a prosperous Agriciences career. Mandatory modules such as science and forestry equip students and allow them to further specialise in their field through postgraduate studies.

Each degree offered in the Agriscience departments offers their own set of modules which aim at strengthening specific skills. Each first year in each agriscience degree is the same, making it easy to choose your major and change your major in second year. Each degree offers a management module to equip students in leadership and managerial skills.

Read through the table below to research the different Agrisciences careers:

FYI:

  • Subject requirements may differ slightly at each university.
  • Associated salary depends on which route you choose to take with your degree, the given associated salary is not completely accurate and is just to give you an idea of what to expect.
Degree: BScAgric Possible careers What you need to do to study this:
Agricultural Economics and Management

BScAgric and BscAgricAdmin options

Average salary is R23 000 a month.

BscAgric:

  • Researcher in macroeconomic analysis
  • Agricultural economist (financial institution or marketing organisation)
  • Manager at public or international sectors and food-processing concerns

BagricAdmin:

  • Manager in agribusiness(focusing on crop or animal production)
  • Agricultural economist
  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s
  • NSC aggregate of 55% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • 50% in English or Afrikaans home language
  • Mathematic 50%
  • Physical Science 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Life Sciences 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Agricultural Sciences 70%
Animal Production Systems

Average salary of R18,288.75 a month

  • Consultant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Manager
  • Technician
  • Extension officer or production manager in animal sciences or related industries
  • Aquaculture industry
  • Stock-farmer
  • Game farmer
  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s
  • NSC aggregate of 55% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • Afrikaans or English home language 50%
  • Mathematics 50%
  • Physical Science 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Life Sciences 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Agricultural Sciences 70%
Conservation Ecology and Entomology

Salary ranges from R18,395.58/month to R39,407/month.

  • Careers in environmental impact assessment and monitoring
  • Restoration ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Game farm management
  • Ecotourism
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Forestry and organic plant management
  • Community-based natural resource management
  • Research into conservation biology.
  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s
  • NSC aggregate of 55% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • Afrikaans or English home language 50%
  • Mathematics 50%
  • Physical Science 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Life Sciences 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Agricultural Sciences 70%
Food and Wine Production Systems

Average salary R13,861.17 a month

BSc Food Science:

  • Quality assurance
  • Product development
  • Research
  • Technical support
  • Sales
  • Purchasing and production management in the food industry

BSCAgric:

  • Winemaker
  • Viticulturist
  • Researcher
  • Production manager
  • Marketer
  • Technician
  • Consultant or entrepreneur in wine-related industries.
  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s
  • NSC aggregate of 55% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • Afrikaans or English home language 50%
  • Mathematics 50%
  • Physical Science 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Life Sciences 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Agricultural Sciences 70%
Forestry and Wood Sciences

Average salary of R17,174.25 a month

Forest and natural resources sciences:

  • Forestry expert
  • Timber grower
  • Environmental planner
  • Forest researcher
  • Forester
  • Extension officer or consultant
  • Logistics manager
  • Tree breeder
  • Rural development advisor and entrepreneur

Wood and wood products sciences:

  • Wood products expert
  • Manager in production plant for wood products
  • Product development manager
  • Quality assurance manager
  • Consultant and wood scientist
  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s
  • NSC aggregate of 55% minimum, excluding Life Orientation

Forest and natural resources sciences:

  • Mathematics 50%
  • Physical Sciences 50% OR
  • Physical Sciences 40& and Life Sciences 50% OR
  • Physical Sciences 40% and Life Sciences 70&

Wood and wood products sciences:

  • Mathematics 70%
  • Physical Sciences 60%
Agricultural Production and Management

Average salaries, depending on sector, ranges from R7,089.67 a month to R77,419.33 a month.

  • General Agricultural Manager
  • Agricultural production manager
  • Winemaker
  • Cellar manager
  • Agricultural extension officer
  • Agritourism
  • Research, education and training.
  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s
  • NSC aggregate of 55% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • Afrikaans or English home language 50%
  • Mathematics 50% OR
  • Mathematical Literacy 60%
  • Physical Sciences 50% OR
  • Life Sciences 50% OR
  • Agricultural Sciences 50%
Viticulture

Average salary of R18,000 a month.

  • Researcher in vine sciences
  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s
  • NSC aggregate of 55% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • Afrikaans or English home language 50%
  • Mathematics 50%
  • Physical Science 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Life Sciences 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Agricultural Sciences 70%
Plant and Soil Sciences

Average salary of R38,709.92 a month

  • Crop production
  • Crop protection
  • Genetic crop improvement
  • Soil and water management
  • Consultant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Manager
  • Extension officer
  • Technician
  • Researcher.
  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s
  • NSC aggregate of 55% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • 50% in English or Afrikaans home language
  • Mathematic 50%
  • Physical Science 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Life Sciences 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Agricultural Sciences 70%

For soil and water management as above, BUT:

  • Mathematics 70%
Oenology

Average salary of R21,172.50 a month.

  • Research on vinification process
  • Micro-organisms
  • Additives and maturation on wine composition
  • Winemaker
  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s
  • NSC aggregate of 55% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • Afrikaans or English home language 50%
  • Mathematics 50%
  • Physical Science 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Life Sciences 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Agricultural Sciences 70%

Degree: BScAgric (Agricultural Economics and Management)

BScAgric and BscAgricAdmin options
The average salary is R23 000 a month.

Possible Careers:

BscAgric:

  • Researcher in macroeconomic analysis
  • Agricultural economist (financial institution or marketing organisation)
  • Manager at public or international sectors and food-processing concerns

BagricAdmin:

  • Manager in agribusiness(focusing on crop or animal production)
  • Agricultural economist

What you need to do to study this:

  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s
  • NSC aggregate of 55% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • 50% in English or Afrikaans home language
  • Mathematics 50%
  • Physical Science 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Life Sciences 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Agricultural Sciences 70%

Degree: BScAgric (Animal Production Systems)

Average salary of R18,288.75 a month

Possible Careers:

  • Consultant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Manager
  • Technician
  • Extension officer or production manager in animal sciences or related industries
  • Aquaculture industry
  • Stock-farmer
  • Game farmer

What you need to do to study this:

  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s
  • NSC aggregate of 55% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • Afrikaans or English home language 50%
  • Mathematics 50%
  • Physical Science 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Life Sciences 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Agricultural Sciences 70%

Degree: BScAgric (Conservation Ecology and Entomology)

Salary ranges from R18,395.58/month to R39,407/month.

Possible Careers:

  • Careers in environmental impact assessment and monitoring
  • Restoration ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Game farm management
  • Ecotourism
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Forestry and organic plant management
  • Community-based natural resource management
  • Research into conservation biology.

What you need to do to study this:

  • NSC aggregate of 55% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s
  • Afrikaans or English home language 50%
  • Mathematics 50%
  • Physical Science 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Life Sciences 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Agricultural Sciences 70%

Degree: BScAgric (Food and Wine Production Systems)

Average salary R13,861.17 a month

Possible Careers:

BSc Food Science:

  • Quality assurance
  • Product development
  • Research
  • Technical support
  • Sales
  • Purchasing and production management in the food industry

BSCAgric:

  • Winemaker
  • Viticulturist
  • Researcher
  • Production manager
  • Marketer
  • Technician
  • Consultant or entrepreneur in wine-related industries.

What you need to do to study this:

  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s
  • NSC aggregate of 55% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • Afrikaans or English home language 50%
  • Mathematics 50%
  • Physical Science 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Life Sciences 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Agricultural Sciences 70%

Degree: BScAgric (Forestry and Wood Sciences)

Average salary of R17,174.25 a month

Possible Careers:

Forest and natural resources sciences:

  • Forestry expert
  • Timber grower
  • Environmental planner
  • Forest researcher
  • Forester
  • Extension officer or consultant
  • Logistics manager
  • Tree breeder
  • Rural development advisor and entrepreneur

Wood and wood products sciences:

  • Wood products expert
  • Manager in production plant for wood products
  • Product development manager
  • Quality assurance manager
  • Consultant and wood scientist

What you need to do to study this:

  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s
  • NSC aggregate of 55% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • Forest and natural resources sciences:
    • Mathematics 50%
    • Physical Sciences 50% OR
    • Physical Sciences 40& and Life Sciences 50% OR
    • Physical Sciences 40% and Life Sciences 70%
  • Wood and wood products sciences:
    • Mathematics 70%
    • Physical Sciences 60%

Degree: BScAgric (Agricultural Production and Management)

Average salaries, depending on the sector, ranging from R7,089.67 a month to R77,419.33 a month.

Possible Careers:

  • General Agricultural Manager
  • Agricultural production manager
  • Winemaker
  • Cellar manager
  • Agricultural extension officer
  • Agritourism
  • Research, education and training

What you need to do to study this:

  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s
  • NSC aggregate of 55% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • Afrikaans or English home language 50%
  • Mathematics 50% OR
  • Mathematical Literacy 60%
  • Physical Sciences 50% OR
  • Life Sciences 50% OR
  • Agricultural Sciences 50%

Degree: BScAgric (Viticulture)

An average salary of R18,000 a month.

Possible Careers:

  • Researcher in vine sciences

What you need to do to study this:

  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s
  • NSC aggregate of 55% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • Afrikaans or English home language 50%
  • Mathematics 50%
  • Physical Science 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Life Sciences 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Agricultural Sciences 70%

Degree: BScAgric (Plant and Soil Sciences)

Average salary of R38,709.92 a month

Possible Careers:

  • Crop production
  • Crop protection
  • Genetic crop improvement
  • Soil and water management
  • Consultant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Manager
  • Extension officer
  • Technician
  • Researcher

What you need to do to study this:

  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s
  • NSC aggregate of 55% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • 50% in English or Afrikaans home language
  • Mathematics 50%
  • Physical Science 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Life Sciences 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Agricultural Sciences 70%For soil and water management as above, BUT:
  • Mathematics 70%

Degree: BScAgric (Oenology)

An average salary of R21,172.50 a month.

Possible Careers:

  • Research on vinification process
  • Micro-organisms
  • Additives and maturation on wine composition
  • Winemaker

What you need to do to study this:

  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s
  • NSC aggregate of 55% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • Afrikaans or English home language 50%
  • Mathematics 50%
  • Physical Science 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Life Sciences 50% OR
  • Physical Science 40% and Agricultural Sciences 70%

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