Careers in the Land based industries

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Ever thought of a career in one of the UK's most diverse and rewarding sectors?

Each of the 17 different industries offers you the chance to develop skills in practical, technical and specialised areas with opportunities for career progression and promotion.

Careers can range from hands-on practical work through to demanding management opportunities - even the chance to diversify into your own business or work abroad.

As new technology within the sector advances, the opportunities continue to grow. The options are endless.

The environmental and land-based sector offers opportunities for everyone. Whatever your age experience or ambitions, there are qualifications and routes into learning to suit.

Agricultural contractor

Agricultural contractors provide specialised, seasonal or temporary services to farmers

Agricultural inspector

Agricultural inspectors make sure animal welfare and environmental standards are followed in farms and dairies.

Animal care worker

Animal care workers look after animals in kennels, rescue centres and sanctuaries.

Animal technician

Animal technicians look after animals in medical and scientific research laboratories.

Assistance dog trainer

Assistance dog trainers and instructors train dogs that help people to maintain their independence, like guide dogs.


Beekeepers manage colonies of honeybees kept in hives to produce honey, beeswax and royal jelly.


Biologists study living things, including people, animals and plants.

Countryside ranger

Countryside rangers look after green spaces, woodlands and animal habitats that are open to the public.

Dog groomer

Dog groomers keep dogs' hair in good condition and give their owners advice on fur care, grooming and diet.

Dog handler

Police dog handler, detection dog handler, security dog handler

Dog handlers work with specially trained dogs to help detect and prevent crime, find lost or missing people and protect property.


Ecologists study the relationship between plants, animals and the environment.

Farm worker

Farm workers raise livestock and use machinery to plant and harvest crops.


Farmers and farm managers grow crops and raise farm animals for food production.


Farriers make and fit horseshoes and care for horses' hooves.

Fish farmer

Fish farmers breed and look after fish and shellfish in small teams.

  • Fishing boat deckhand

    Fishing vessel deckhand

    Deckhands clear the decks, prepare and maintain equipment and handle the catch on offshore fishing vessels.

  • Gamekeeper

    Gamekeepers manage countryside areas used for shooting and fishing.

  • Horse groom

    Stable hand, racing groom, equine groom

    Horse grooms are responsible for the care and welfare of horses, and maintain stables and riding equipment.

  • Horse riding instructor

    Horse riding coach

    Horse riding instructors teach children and adults of all abilities, how to ride.

  • Jockey

    Jockeys are licensed to ride racehorses in races for horse trainers and owners.

  • Kennel worker

    Kennel workers care for dogs and cats in kennels or catteries.

  • Pet behaviour consultant

    Pet behaviour counsellor

    Pet behaviour consultants help pet owners deal with animal behaviour problems.

  • Pet shop assistant

    Pet shop assistants serve customers and look after animals in pet shops.

  • RSPCA inspector

    Animal welfare inspector

    RSPCA inspectors investigate complaints about animal cruelty, rescue animals and give advice to animal owners.

  • Racehorse trainer

    Horse racing trainer, equine trainer

    Racehorse trainers run stables, manage staff, look after horses' training and welfare, and prepare them for races.

  • Vet

    Veterinary surgeon, veterinarian

    Vets diagnose and treat sick or injured animals.

  • Veterinary nurse

    Veterinary nurses support vets by caring for sick and injured animals.

  • Veterinary physiotherapist

    Animal physiotherapist

    Veterinary physiotherapists work with injured animals, or animals with movement problems, to help reduce pain and improve their health.

  • Zookeeper

    Keeper, animal keeper

    Zookeepers look after animals in zoos, safari parks and aquariums.

  • Zoologist

    Field biologist, wildlife biologist, conservation biologist

    Zoologists study animals and their behaviour.