Precision Agriculture Specialist

Discover. Analyze data. Advise. Use cutting edge geospatial technologies to maximize agricultural production. If this sounds exciting, you may enjoy working as a precision agriculture specialist.

What Does a Career as a Precision Agriculture Specialist Look Like?

Use GIS technology in agriculture

Apply geospatial technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS), to agricultural production or management activities, such as pest scouting, site-specific pesticide application, yield mapping, or variable-rate irrigation. May use computers to develop or analyze maps or remote sensing images to compare physical topography with data on soils, fertilizer, pests, or weather.

A career as a precision agriculture specialist usually entails:

  • Usage of geospatial technologies such as geographic information systems and Global Positioning System to perform analysis for the purposes of advancing agricultural production and management.
  • Collection and analysing of data regarding soil attributes.
  • Creation of data maps to be used to recommend specific planting, application of pesticides, and fertilization strategies.
  • Documentation of nutrient management, pest control, crop yield and other agricultural efforts utilizing advanced technology.

To work in this field, you will need extensive knowledge of experience in the use of GIS and GPS technologies plus deep knowledge of soil science, agricultural practices and biology.

Precision Agriculture Specialist Salary and Forecast

Those working as precision agriculture specialists earn a median salary of $44,680 (as of 2016).

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Job opportunities in the industry are growing at a rate of 5-8%, with North Carolina leading the way with a job opportunity growth rate of 9.4%.

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What Education is Required to Work as a Precision Agriculture Specialist?

Almost half of these positions require an associate’s degree and half require a bachelor’s degree. A graduate level certificate gives a significant edge in the job market.

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Interested in learning the latest technology? Want to work to advance crop production? Jumpstart your career by applying to a soil science program today.