Innovate. Conduct research. Promote sustainable and alternative soil maintenance and crop production methodologies. If that sounds exciting, you may enjoy a career as an agronomist.

work as an agronomistWhat Does a Career as an Agronomist Look Like?

An agronomist provides knowledge and leadership to growers in their assigned market while performing job duties such as field scouting, soil management and market analysis. Agronomist positions usually involve research and development of advanced methods of plant breeding, cultivation or management affecting soil and crop productivity.

A career as an agronomist usually entails:

  • Research in one or more of the following areas: breeding, physiology, production, yield, or management of soils and crops.
  • Specialization in soil composition as it relates to crop production and yield, including nutrient management.
  • Research and development leading to advancement in products or methods used to control weeds, eliminate or deter pests or control diseases.
  • Advise crop production crews and farmers on agricultural best practices.
  • Develop methods it increase crop yield with sustainability and environmental concerns in mind.

To work in this field, you need to have a good grasp of science, mathematics and research best practices. You will be expected to know how to propose, plan, execute, analyse and document research projects of a large scale.

Agronomist Salary and Forecast

The median salary for an agronomist in North Carolina is $64,140.

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Agronomy job opportunities are expected to grow at a rate of 16.2% in North Carolina.

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What Education is Required to Work as an Agronomist?

Almost all agronomist jobs require a bachelor’s degree. Approximately a quarter of these positions require a master’s degree, and a little under 20% require a doctoral degree. Graduate level certificates are also sometimes required.

Agronomist education requirements

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Agronomist Job Opportunities

There are many different types of agronomist jobs to choose from. The following are just a few of the common job titles graduates qualify for:

  • Agronomy Sales and Management Representative
  • Agricultural Researcher
  • Seed Production Agronomist
  • Plant Breeding Research Station Manager
  • Crop Development Research Station Manager
  • Agronomy Research Manager
  • Agronomy Specialist
  • Crop Nutrition Scientist
  • Microbiology Soil Scientist
  • Research Soil Scientist
  • Soil Fertility Extension Specialist

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Innovate a new agricultural product or seed. Improve crop yield while protecting the environment. Jumpstart your career as an agronomist by applying to a soil science program today.