Soil Scientist

Average Salary
Degree Requirements
Bachelor's Degree

Soil shares the same structure and capabilities as the largest human organ—the skin. Both are complex, layered, protective yet flexible and support every function that sustains life. Soil scientists study soil’s dynamic composition to understand how it can be managed to protect and improve agricultural practices, environmental quality and human health.

Also known as: Microbiology Soil Scientist, On-Site Soil Evaluator, Research Soil Scientist, Soil Fertility Extension Specialist
Learning Strategies
Operations Analysis
Quality Control Analysis
Systems Analysis
Systems Evaluation
Research soil management practices to identify opportunities for improvement
Map soil types and investigate responses in varying conditions
Examine how soil types and management practices affect crop production
Prepare maps, reports and presentations based on research and findings
Conduct experiments and identify ways to modify soil to accommodate different plants
Develop more sustainable methods related to soil care and conservation for implementation
Identify degraded or diseased soil, finding the source of decay and ways to prevent it
Work in both laboratory and field settings

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