Destinations of agriculture graduates from Australian universities and Marcus Oldham College were considered using the database of the GradLink program operated by Rimfire Resources for the period 2004-2014.
This accounted for around 1000 graduates or one in six graduates for the period and comprised a gender balance similar to that of enrolled students during the period of study. The employment market was buoyant for the period. Around half the graduates were employed in the country and one third in the cities. Institutions with rural campuses had much higher proportions remain in rural employment.
Rural finance and sales were the most common employment categories. Around 10% went back to farm production and 9% left the sector. Both genders were employed in all sectors and no gender bias was identified.
Proportions of graduate employment categories varied according to institution although there was reasonable consistency in employment spread.