Soil and Plant Scientists

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Occupation Description

Soil and plant scientists manage research in breeding, physiology, production yield, and control of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soil, and the control of issues such as pests. They may also need to study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical make up of soils as they pertain to plant or crop growth or classify and determine the make-up of soils to study effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.

Estimated Income

Lower End
Middle
Upper End
$200,000
$150,000
$100,000
$50,000
All financial data provided by Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov)

Total Employees In 2010

12410

Job Openings By 2020

8600

Growth Rate

12.1%

Required Education

Bachelor's degree
Specific Programs:

Required Work Experience

None

National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth