Plant breeding is a small industry but a rewarding one to work in. As a plant breeder you will be making a practical contribution to the development of new varieties with better yield, agronomic and quality characters, disease resistance and resilience to environmental stresses. The material that you develop will bring benefits not only to your company but to farmers, end users, consumers and Society as a whole.
As a plant breeder you will probably be educated to at least Honours Degree level in a relevant subject, plant science, genetics for example and most likely you will also have a relevant post-graduate qualification. Junior breeders appointed to a company can generally expect to serve a relatively long apprenticeship to a senior breeder during which they will acquire a broad range of practical skills and further their in depth knowledge of breeding, genetics, molecular genetics, variety testing and statistics.
Plant breeding companies do not only employ plant breeders but also have openings for trials officers and laboratory scientists and people to work in seed production, product development, sales and marketing, legal, corporate and public affairs and administration.
Plant breeding companies often advertise vacancies in Farmers Weekly or directly on their own web sites.
Many plant breeding companies take on temporary staff during the busy summer period around harvest which can provide an insight into working for a plant breeding company. Contact them directly to find out more.