Careers and training

A wide range of people in many different job roles uses extension across a diverse range of other industries.

The following pages will highlight the diversity of people who use extension (particularly in agriculture and natural resource management), current employment opportunities for those looking for a job and training opportunities for extension workers seeking to improve their professional competence.

Educational pathway

For those wanting to develop a career in extension there are three main pathways that can be taken:

        1.  Enrol in a degree course with a strong extension component
Following the course it is important that new graduates seek employment in a role that involves extension. Many of the skills of extension workers are developed in the field by working with industry, communities and mentors. 
        2.  Join an organisation that can provide extension training
This is has been the most common pathway for people entering extension in the past but not always the best one. Organisations vary enormously in their ability to train new staff in extension.

The quality of training and mentoring is critical to the effective development of the new extension worker so the choice of organisation is very important.

        3.  Do post-graduate training
Extension workers need to continually improve their skills. Those working in other disciplines may need to learn about extension. Post-graduate training provides an important means to achieve these goals. 

The training can take many forms including post-graduate diplomas, masters by coursework and short courses.

Doctorates can also be obtained in extension. 

To compliment formal training APEN has a mentoring program for members.