Soil Conservationist

The potential for soil erosion is a problem for farmers ranchers and mining companies. It is also a problem that can hinder sustainable land use and can cause problems for homeowners and land management agencies. Soil conservationists are employed to develop practices and guidelines to help ensure that land and soil is used properly so it can be sustained for years to come. They also develop methods for restoring land and soil to optimal conditions so that it does not erode and disappear. Soil conservationists are considered to be cohorts of agricultural andor environmental scientists. They have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in environmental science geology or another related field. However many have achieved higher degrees such as master’s degrees or PhDs. According to the website education-portal.com soil conservationists work directly with clients (such as farmers or mining companies) to help them implement effective and sustainable ways to utilize soil. They study the ways in which land is used and they work to provide recommendations on how to prolong the longevity of soil. According to the website education-portal.com soil conservationists spend a great deal of time in the field where they gather samples of soil and they use various tools to measure soil levels. With the information they gather they make educated predictions on the potential for soil erosion and they provide land owners andor land users with soil management and conservation plans in order to help preserve the soil. The website www.mymajors.com lists the median annual wage for soil conservationists at $61200 per year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $61200
High Salary: $71200
Low Salary: $51200
Tasks: Helps to prevent soil erosion.
Develops guidelines for sustainable land use.
Performs land surveys.
Collects and analyzes soil samples.
Also Called: Land Surveyor
Geologist
Pedrologist
Agriculturalist
Additional Resources: http://education-portal.com/articles/Soil_Conservationist_Job_Description_Duties_and_Requirements.html
http://www.mymajors.com/careers-and-jobs/Soil-Conservationist
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-a-soil-conservationist-do.htm