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Soil Scientist

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.
  • Working conditions
    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.
    Personal requirements
  • 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.
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