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Occupation Title: Soil & Plant Scientists

Description: Conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. May classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 19-1013

Sample Job Titles: Agronomist, Agronomy Research Manager, Agronomy Specialist, Crop Nutrition Scientist, Microbiology Soil Scientist, Research Soil Scientist, Soil Classifier/Soil Scientist, Soil Fertility Extension Specialist, Soil Scientist, Supervisory Research Geneticist (Plants)

 Salary Chart Soil & Plant Scientists

Estimated Total Employment*
2009: 11,830
2010: 12,120
2011: 11,860
2012: 12,410
2013: 13,160

Data Source:
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected Job Openings (2012-2022): 6,700
Projected Growth (2012-2022): 8-14%

(total 10 year projection, not annual)

Data Source:
O*NET Online

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics program does not include self-employed workers in employment estimates. O*NET and other BLS programs do include self-employed workers.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. REC-0439914 and DRL-0910041 (Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education in Geography).

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