Agricultural Consultant

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Agricultural consultants give business and technical advice and support to farmers. They also give advice to companies which produce animal feed, seeds, fertilisers, weedkillers and other materials used on farms. They may also advise landowners, environmental agencies and conservation bodies.

The Work

You could be giving advice on:

You could also be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for agricultural consultants in the UK tend to be in the range £22,000 to £30,000 a year. With experience, you could earn between £30,000 and £40,000 a year and senior advisers and consultants with more than five years' experience can earn up to £50,000 or more a year.

Salaries may vary depending on the area of specialism.


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Getting In

You could work for an agricultural research organisation, an agricultural company, an independent agricultural consultancy firm or a college or university. You may need to be prepared to move around the UK for job opportunities.

You can find jobs on websites such as Farmers Weekly, Farmers Guardian and The Scottish Farmer, as well as general recruitment websites and industry magazines.

What Does it Take?

You need to be able to:

You need to have:


Getting On



The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
Twitter: @LantraScotland

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

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