There are currently six jobs for every agricultural science graduate according to the University of Western Australia.

But despite the good job prospects, enrolments in courses across the country are declining.

The Primary Industries Science Education Centre's annual camp takes high school students who've demonstrated a strong interest in science, and exposes them to the many opportunities that exist for science graduates in primary industries.

Manager of GrowSmart Training, Trevor Noble coordinates the camp in South Australia.

He says by giving students more knowledge about science-based careers in agriculture, they can make more informed choices about what course they'll choose when it comes time to apply for university.

"Some of the students come on these camps with the view that they're going to do medicine, and they may go away from the camp thinking that," he says.

"But some might think 'Gee, I might do something else', and we just want to give them that knowledge so they can make those choices."

Michael, 16, is in Year 11, and at the moment he wants to study medicine at university.

He says the highlight of the camp was seeing science applied to real-world solutions.

"We went to a winery and we were testing levels of sulphate in the wine, and it was quite interesting to see why they add it into [wine]," he says.

"They added the sulphate to get rid of the bad fungus - and seeing that was really useful."

Charlie, 16, studies at Urrbrae Agricultural High School, and he's already determined to enter the industry.

"I really wanted to look at science in an agricultural and primary industries area," he says.

"I wanted to see how it's really used, not just basic stuff we see at school."

Neither of the two boys comes from an agricultural background, but seeing science in action has made them aware of the breadth of opportunities available to smart people in the ag sector.


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