Growing the STEM of Agriculture

Agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry. But, its workforce is not realising its potential. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professionals are in demand within the Australian agriculture sector. The problem is a lack of knowledge about how to best attract new STEM talent into the industry and also keep the skilled talent already in the field. A solution is to develop more effective strategies to boost their careers within this vital industry

USQ and ACCELL PhD researcher, Kristen Lovric, is using different perspectives focused on agriculturalists’ beliefs, feelings and needs, and how their work and organisations contribute to their intentions to persist in their careers. We know that agriculturalists–Soil and Plant Scientists, Agronomists, Plant Pathologists, Entomologists, Research Assistants, Precision Agriculture Technicians, Laboratory Technicians, Agricultural Engineers and Biostatisticians, just to name a few–are crucial to agriculture’s future. How can we support their careers?

We will donate $1 to Rural Aid (up to the value of $300) for every STEM professional in agriculture who complete a 15-minute online survey about their careers.  This survey will inform how we address the big challenge of boosting STEM professionals’ careers in agriculture.

If you’re a STEM professional in agriculture then please click here: https://surveys.usq.edu.au/index.php/426436?lang=en

If you know a STEM professional in agriculture then please share our page and encourage them to complete the survey.

You can follow Kristen’s research journey on Twitter here: @LovricKristen

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