Soil Scientists

Soil scientists study the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of soils to determine the most productive and effective planting strategies. Their research aids in producing larger, healthier crops and more environmentally sound farming procedures. There are approximately 13,160 soil and plant scientists employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Study the chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of soils to determine the most effective and productive planting strategies
Alternate Title(s) Soil Fertility Experts, Soil Mappers, Soil Surveyors
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
Experience Internship; volunteer or part-time experience
  • Interpersonal
  • Research
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Research Director or College Professor
  • Soil Scientist
  • Soil Science Technician

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