Soil & Plant Scientists
Also called: Agronomist, Agronomy Research Manager, Crop Nutrition Scientist, Soil Scientist
What they do:Conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. May classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.
On the job, you would:
- Identify or classify species of insects or allied forms, such as mites or spiders.
- Develop improved measurement techniques, soil conservation methods, soil sampling devices, or related technology.
- Consult with engineers or other technical personnel working on construction projects about the effects of soil problems and possible solutions to these problems.
Math and Science
Arts and Humanities
Education and Training
Engineering and Technology
People and Technology Systems
Ideas and Logic
People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
You might use software like this on the job:
Analytical or scientific software
Data base user interface and query software
Map creation software
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
per year, on average
This work is part of the green economy.
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