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Agronomist

Agronomists advise farmers on soil management and crop production.

Potential salary
£20,000 to £45,000
Working hours
37 to 40 a week
  • science skills
  • business management skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to learn through your work
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • maths knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • advising farmers on land management and how to improve their crop yields
  • studying soil, water and other factors which affect crop growth
  • creating chemical treatment plans to keep crops free of pests and weeds
  • recording information on plant growth and environmental conditions
  • carrying out field trials to solve clients' crop problems
  • keeping up to date with product developments and legislation

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in an office, on a farm, at a research facility or visit sites.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and you'll travel often.

You could specialise in precision farming methods or developing nutrition plans for fruit or vegetable crops.

You could also study for a postgraduate master's degree, like soil science or genetics, and become a consultant.

You can find out more about how to become an agronomist from Tasty Careers.

Data from National Careers Service.
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