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 productionadvise 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 programmesstudy environmental factors affecting commercial crop production, pasture growth and animal breedingstudy the effects of cultivation techniques, soils, insects and plant diseases on animal and crop productiondevelop 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.