Profession agricultural scientist

Agricultural scientists study and provide assistance and advice on farm, forestry and fisheries management, including cultivation, fertilisation, harvesting, soil erosion and composition, disease prevention, nutrition, crop rotation and marketing. They develop techniques for increasing productivity, and study and develop plans and policies for land and fisheries management.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic

Related professions agriculture

  • Agricultural inspector
  • Agricultural machinery installer
  • Agricultural machinery mechanic
  • Agricultural substitute
  • Agricultural technician
  • Arable farm helper, field crop or vegetable
  • Arable farm helper, mixed crop
  • Arable farm worker, field crop or vegetable
  • Arable farmer, field crop or vegetable
  • Arable farmer, mixed crop
  • Arable farmer, mixed crop and animal
  • First line supervisor tree or shrup crop farming workers
  • Fruit, nut or tea picker
  • Harvest hand
  • Horticultural or nursery production manager
  • Land clearer
  • Motorised farm equipment operator
  • Quality inspector agricultural products
  • Subsistence crop farmer
  • Subsistence mixed crop or livestock farmer
  • Supervisor arable farm workers, field crop or vegetable
  • Tree or shrub crop farm manager
  • Tree or shrub crop farmer
  • Tree or shrub crop helper
  • Tree or shrup crop worker
  • Vegetable picker
  • Winegrower

Knowledge

  • Environmental policy

    Local, national and international policies dealing with the promotion of environmental sustainability and the development of projects which reduce negative environmental impact and improve the state of the environment.

  • Environmental legislation in agriculture and forestry

    Awareness on enviromental legislation, policies, principles relevant for agriculture and forestry. Awareness of the impact on the enviroment of local agricultural precedures and practices. Means to adjust the production to new enviromental regulations and policies.

  • Project management principles

    Different elements and phases of project management.

  • Livestock farming systems

    The allocation of farming ressources in relation to livestock farming and husbandry systems.

  • Project management

    Understand project management and the activities which comprise this area. Know the variables implied in project management such as time, resources, requirements, deadlines, and responding to unexpected events.

Skills

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Make improvements to work activities

    Make recommendations for improvements to work activities

  • Create soil and plant improvement programmes

    Develop and advise on implementation of soil health and plant nutrition programs.

  • Provide advice to farmers

    Provide technical and economical advice in order to optimise the quality and production of agricultural products.

  • Report pollution incidents

    When an incident causes pollution, examine the extent of the damage and what the consequences could be and report it relevant institution following pollution reporting procedures.

  • Report on environmental issues

    Compile environmental reports and communicate on issues. Inform the public or any interested parties in a given context on relevant recent developments in the environment, forecasts on the future of the environment, and any problems and possible solutions.

  • Research livestock production

    Collect and use the livestock production facts and the results of analysis as a input to scientific research. Research and keep up to date with any relevant developments in livestock production review and gather information to inform business decisions

  • Advise on soil and water protection

    Advise on the effects of soil and water management practices in controlling pollutant loss, nitrate leaching and reduce soil erosion.

  • Provide advice to hatcheries

    Assist managers in planning and developing changes to hatchery design and systems.

  • Perform market research

    Gather, assess and represent data about target market and customers in order to facilitate strategic development and feasibility studies. Identify market trends.

  • Monitor the farm environmental management plan

    Identify environmental designations and directives that relate to a given farm and incorporate their requirements in to the farm planning process. Monitor the implementation of the farm environmental management plan and review timescales.

  • Educate on recycling regulations

    Educate organisations and individuals on the correct procedures and legislation concerning the recycling of different types of waste in different types of containers, waste collection procedures, and on the sanctions following non-compliance to legislation.

  • Advise on efficiency improvements

    Analyse information and details of processes and products in order to advise on possible efficiency improvements that could be implemented and would signify a better use of resources.

  • Provide livestock advice and guidance

    Through observation and analysis on the farm, propose options, possible solutions, types and levels of advice required based on the customer's needs and by using appropriate techniques and methods.

Optional knowledge and skills

ensure compliance with environmental legislation advise on irrigation projects lead a team inspect project regulations consultation methods train employees evaluate employees work comply with farm regulations assess the necessity of new farming technologies manage fisheries projects comply with legal regulations train staff on recycling programs organic farming apply precision farming