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Precision Agriculture Technicians

Also called: Crop Specialist, Nutrient Management Specialist, Precision Agriculture Department Manager, Precision Agronomist

What they do:
Apply geospatial technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS), to agricultural production or management activities, such as pest scouting, site-specific pesticide application, yield mapping, or variable-rate irrigation. May use computers to develop or analyze maps or remote sensing images to compare physical topography with data on soils, fertilizer, pests, or weather.
On the job, you would:
  • Collect information about soil or field attributes, yield data, or field boundaries, using field data recorders and basic geographic information systems (GIS).
  • Create, layer, and analyze maps showing precision agricultural data, such as crop yields, soil characteristics, input applications, terrain, drainage patterns, or field management history.
  • Document and maintain records of precision agriculture information.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • biology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • ESRI ArcView
Analytical or scientific software
  • AGCO GTA Software Suite
  • Farm Works Site Pro
Data base user interface and query software
  • Ag Leader Technology SMS Advanced
  • John Deere Apex Farm Management

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$43,130
per year, on average
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