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Soil and Plant Scientists

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Soil and 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.

Key Competencies
* Integrity
* Attention to Detail
* Dependability
* Achievement/Effort
* Initiative
* Analytical Thinking
* Cooperation
* Independence
* Persistence
* Adaptability/Flexibility

Representative Tasks
* Communicate research or project results to other professionals or the public or teach related courses, seminars, or workshops.
* Conduct experiments to develop new or improved varieties of field crops, focusing on characteristics such as yield, quality, disease resistance, nutritional value, or adaptation to specific soils or climates.
* Provide information or recommendations to farmers or other landowners regarding ways in which they can best use land, promote plant growth, or avoid or correct problems such as erosion.

Industry
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Job Family
Life, Physical, and Social Science

Sample Job Titles
Agriculturist, Agronomist, Agronomy Research Manager, Agronomy Specialist, Apiculturist, Arboreal Scientist, Arboriculturist, Arborist, Botanist, Corn Breeder, Cotton Breeder, Crop Nutrition Scientist, Entomologist, Extension Specialist, Fermentation Scientist, Field Research Assistant, Floriculturist, Horticulturist, Hybrid Corn Breeder, Microbiology Soil Scientist, On-Site Soil Evaluator, Plant Anatomist, Plant Breeder, Plant Breeder Scientist, Plant Pathologist, Plant Physiologist, Pomologist, Research Soil Scientist, Scientist Propagator, Soil Expert, Soil Fertility Extension Specialist, Soil Scientist, Soil Specialist, Technical Agronomist, Viticulturist, Wholesale Agronomist.