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Soil and Plant Scientists
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Conduct experiments to develop new or improved varieties of field crops, focusing on characteristics such as yield, quality, disease resistance, nutritional value, or adaptation to specific soils or climates.
  • Communicate research or project results to other professionals or the public or teach related courses, seminars, or workshops.
  • Investigate soil problems or poor water quality to determine sources and effects.
  • Study soil characteristics to classify soils on the basis of factors such as geographic location, landscape position, or soil properties.
  • Provide information or recommendations to farmers or other landowners regarding ways in which they can best use land, promote plant growth, or avoid or correct problems such as erosion.
  • Investigate responses of soils to specific management practices to determine the use capabilities of soils and the effects of alternative practices on soil productivity.
  • Develop methods of conserving or managing soil that can be applied by farmers or forestry companies.
  • Conduct experiments investigating how soil forms, changes, or interacts with land-based ecosystems or living organisms.
  • Conduct research to determine best methods of planting, spraying, cultivating, harvesting, storing, processing, or transporting horticultural products.
  • Study insect distribution or habitat and recommend methods to prevent importation or spread of injurious species.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Gel documentation systems
  • Photometers
  • Radarbased surveillance systems
  • Soil core sampling apparatus
  • Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Map creation software
  • Office suite software
  • Word processing software

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