Soil Scientist

Soil scientists study, develop, implement and advise on policies and plans concerning the chemical and structural composition of soil.

Soil Scientist

What does a Soil Scientist do?
Soil Scientists may perform the following tasks:
  • investigate the soil conditions of a range of sites 
  • collect and analyse samples
  • report findings
  • classify the properties of the soil
  • assess the soil fertility and check for contamination
  • look at the relationship between soil and plant growth
  • work in a laboratory to research and analyse samples, using microscopes and measuring devices to determine the chemical composition and properties of the soil
  • survey out in the field, using soil samplers, sieves, probes, augers and core cutters to collect and analyse soil.
What personal requirements will you need?
  • to have good critical thinking and analytical skills
  • good problem solving skills
  • strong written and verbal communication skills
  • to have a high attention to detail
  • to enjoy working outdoors
  • to be able to work independently and as part of a team.