irrigation career pathways

The irrigation sector in Australia can offer you career opportunities in both rural and city areas, from irrigating rural orchards to urban golf courses. Australia’s rural production increasingly relies on drawing water from natural river systems into otherwise arid country. Harvested water now supports large rural businesses, so irrigation has become an important part of the national economy.

  • Used to improve productivity of agricultural lands (agricultural)
  • Used to maintain urban lifestyles including parks and gardens (urban)
  • Used for the deliberate watering of environmental assets

Urban irrigation involves the irrigation of public and private gardens, sports facilities and the general landscape is a major part of the irrigation business in Australia.

Here you will learn about the different irrigation career options and how you can pursue these careers. Select a career option and view the required education, training, work experience and certification required. 

Stepping stones to a rewarding career

Technician assistant jobs are usually the beginning of a career in irrigation industry. Work undertaken usually involves working under direct supervision and can include basic metal work, including setting for and assisting with welding, operating machinery and equipment and routine maintenance.
An installation and service technician usually has responsibility for a number of workers and for the organisation of machinery installation, testing and repair. Work undertaken may include supervision of irrigation installation and servicing activities, staff training and supervision, budget and stock control and irrigation testing and repairs.
A technician is likely to be involved in a wide range of tasks, working under limited supervision. Tasks include basic metal fabrication and repair and operation and maintenance of machinery and equipment.
A master technician is likely to have significant responsibilities in managing irrigation operations and business: machinery and equipment operations, servicing and testing, staff training and management and marketing and business management.
A service technician is likely to be involved in a wide range of irrigation work, with various degrees of responsibility. This includes servicing and installing equipment, coordinating staff activities, estimating materials, equipment and labour costs for a job, dealing on a daily basis with other industry people, such as farmers, equipment manufacturers and chemical company representatives.
A rural business manager has the primary responsibility for ensuring that the irrigation business is successfully managed. These responsibilities include business monitoring and evaluation, marketing and promotion, financial management, strategic planning and business management.


Australia’s peak national organisation representing the Australian irrigation industry in all sectors from water users, consultants, designers and installers through to educational institutions, government, manufacturers and retailers.


IAL is also the Australian representative body of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID). Irrigation Australia is a member-based not-for-profit, organisation with its national office in Brisbane Australia.

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