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