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