Soil & Plant Scientists


Conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. May classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.
Also called: Agronomist, Crop Nutrition Scientist, Research Soil Scientist, Soil Scientist

Knowledge:

    Math and Science
  • biology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language
    Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
    Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
    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

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
    Ideas and Logic
  • group things in different ways
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
    Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
    Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Initiative
  • Analytical Thinking

Technology:

    Analytical or scientific software
  • European Soil Erosion Model EUROSEM
  • SAS
    Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access
  • National Soil Information System NASIS
    Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Geographic information system GIS software

Education:

    doctoral degree
    master's degree
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