Agricultural scientists study commercial plants, animals and cultivation techniques to improve the productivity and sustainability of farms and agricultural industries.
Duties & Tasks
Agricultural scientists may perform the following tasks:collect and analyse data and samples of produce, feed and soil, and study other factors affecting production
advise farmers and farm managers about techniques for improving the production of crops and livestock
advise farmers about issues such as livestock and crop disease, control of pests and weeds, soil improvement, animal husbandry and feeding programmes
study environmental factors affecting commercial crop production, pasture growth and animal breeding
study the effects of cultivation techniques, soils, insects and plant diseases on animal and crop production
develop procedures and techniques for solving agricultural problems and improving the efficiency of production.
Agricultural scientists may work in laboratories, in offices, in the field or in a combination of these. Some work alone but most work as members of a team alongside other scientists, farmers and other people involved in providing services to the agricultural industry.
able to analyse and solve problems
interested in science and the environment
able to make accurate observations
good oral and written communication skills
good organisational skills, with supervisory ability
able to work as part of a team.