Soil Scientist

Soil scientists study land dirt and soil. They examine samples for several purposes including determining the soil’s chemical make-up establishing its quality finding out if has been affected by climate change determining what types of plant life it can support and making recommendations regarding its sustainability. According to the website www.prospects.ac.uk the work of soil scientists is vital to maintaining the ever-increasing need to improve food production levels to assisting in the preservation of endangered animals and to helping improve many factors related to the health and safety of the world’s human population. Soil scientists work for many professional realms including research and development firms governmental agencies land development companies landscaping companies law enforcement and forensics agencies re-development companies and conservation firms. The main job responsibilities of soil scientists include determining the chemical compositions of different soils collecting soil samples in the field writing reports on research findings presenting findings to clients or employers and attending conferences to exchange knowledge with others working in this profession. They also work alongside others in related occupations such as geologists environmentalists ecologists and hydrologists. They often collaborate with soil conservationists when providing information to those working in the agricultural industry such as farmers as they help develop methods of altering andor adding elements to existing soil so that various types of food-producing plants supply the greatest yield. The website www.mymajors.com lists the median annual salary for soil scientists at $62600.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $62600
High Salary: $72600
Low Salary: $52600
Tasks: Gathers information about soil.
Completes field work.
Conducts research on different types of soil.
Studies the characteristics of soil.
Also Called: Agriculturalist
Pedrologist
Geologist
Soil Researcher
Additional Resources: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/soil_scientist_job_description.htm
http://www.mymajors.com/careers-and-jobs/Soil-Scientist
http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Soil_Scientist/Salary