Precision Agriculture Technicians

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Crop Specialist, Independent Crop Consultant, Precision Agriculture Specialist (Precision Ag Specialist), Precision Farming Coordinator

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Geospatial Engineer; Geospatial Engineering Technician; Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst; Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Technician
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Engineering Aide; Geospatial Information and Services (GIandS) Officer
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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).
  • Use geospatial technology to develop soil sampling grids or identify sampling sites for testing characteristics such as nitrogen, phosphorus, or potassium content, pH, or micronutrients.
  • Demonstrate the applications of geospatial technology, such as Global Positioning System (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), automatic tractor guidance systems, variable rate chemical input applicators, surveying equipment, or computer mapping software.


Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods

  • food production

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information

People and Technology Systems

  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it



  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written

Ideas and Logic

  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems


  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Visual Understanding

  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative
  • Persistence


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software

  • Ag Leader Technology SMS Advanced
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Analytical or scientific software

  • Farm Works Site Pro
  • MapShots EASi Suite


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

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