Profession agronomist

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.

Would you like to know what kind of career and professions suit you best? Take our free Holland code career test and find out.

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

  • Livestock species

    Livestock species and relevant genetics.

  • European pesticide legislation

    The EU framework for community action which promotes the sustainable use of pesticides.

  • Plant propagation

    Types of different propagation methods, materials and seeds and their criteria for health and quality.

  • Horticulture principles

    The standard horticultural practices, including but not limited to planting, pruning, corrective pruning, and fertilisation.

  • Crop production principles

    Principles in growing crops, the natural cycle, nursing of nature, growth conditions and principles of organic and sustainable production. Quality criterias and requirements of seeds, plants and crop.

  • Pest control in plants

    Types and features of pests in plants and crops. Different kinds of pest control methods, activities using conventional or biological methods taking into account the type of plant or crop, environmental and climate conditions and health and safety regulations. Storage and handling of products.

  • Biology

    Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.

  • Pesticides

    Types of chemical characteristics of pesticides and their adverse human and environmental effects.

  • Agronomy

    The study of combining agriculture production and protection and regeneration of natural environment. Includes the principles and methods of critical selection and adequate application methods for sustainability in agriculture.

  • Environmental legislation

    The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.

  • Consultation methods

    Techniques used to facilitate clear and open communication and the provision of advice between individuals, communities or the government, such as discussion groups or one-on-one interviews.

  • Budgetary principles

    Principles of estimating and planning of forecasts for business activity, compile regular budget and reports.

  • Laboratory techniques

    Techniques applied in the different fields of natural science in order to obtain experimental data such as gravimetric analysis, gas chromatography, electronic or thermic methods.

  • 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.

  • Plant harvest methods

    The various methods, timing and equipment involved in harvesting different crops and plants.

  • Plant disease control

    Types and features of diseases in plants and crops. Different kinds control methods, activities using conventional or biological methods taking into account the type of plant or crop, environmental and climate conditions and health and safety regulations. Storage and handling of products.

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.

  • Irrigation systems

    The methods and systems management in irrigation.

Skills

  • Maintain laboratory equipment

    Clean laboratory glassware and other equipment after use and it for damage or corrosion in order to ensure its proper functioning.

  • Gather experimental data

    Collect data resulting from the application of scientific methods such as test methods, experimental design or measurements.

  • Research improvement of crop yields

    Study crop production in order to discover the best way to plant, gather, and cultivate crops to increase productivity.

  • Manage nutrients

    Collect and process samples of soil and plant tissue. Supervise application of lime and fertilisers.

  • Apply safety procedures in laboratory

    Make sure that laboratory equipment is used in a safe manner and the handling of samples and specimens is correct. Work to ensure the validity of results obtained in research.

  • Apply horticultural standards and practices

    Establishes and maintains high horticultural standards and practices; providing direction, training and motivation for the horticultural staff, interns and volunteers.

  • Supervise hygiene procedures in agricultural settings

    Ensure that hygiene procedures in agricultural settings are followed, taking into account the regulations of specific areas of action e.q. livestock, plants, local farm products, etc.

  • Perform laboratory tests

    Carry out tests in a laboratory to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific research and product testing.

  • Write work-related reports

    Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.

  • Use agricultural information systems and databases

    Use relevant information systems and databases to plan, manage and operate agricultural enterprise and production.

  • Execute analytical mathematical calculations

    Apply mathematical methods and make use of calculation technologies in order to perform analyses and devise solutions to specific problems.

  • Manage livestock

    Manage production programmes, birth plans, sales, feed purchase orders, materials, equipment, housing, location and stock management. Manage the destruction of relevant animals in humane manner and in accordance with national legislation. Follow businesses requirements and integration into qualitative research and knowledge transfer.

  • Consult with business clients

    Communicate with clients of a business or business project in order to introduce new ideas, obtain feedback, and find solutions to problems.

Optional knowledge and skills

molecular biology assess crop damage biological chemistry maintain plants' growth archive scientific documentation ecology advise on fertiliser and herbicide pollution prevention prevent crop disorders make decisions regarding plant propagation accept own accountability develop personal skills liaise with crop growers communicate with customers collect samples for analysis genetic engineering supervise laboratory operations advise on the causes of crop disorders agricultural equipment develop scientific research protocols monitor crops livestock feeding advise on soil and water protection write scientific papers organic farming types of storage facilities use communication techniques soil structure use a computer comply with agricultural code of practice develop scientific theories create crop protection plans keep task records supervise crop production write research proposals quality criteria for storage facilities manage agricultural staff fertilisation principles develop irrigation strategies write technical reports manage farm supplies microbiology-bacteriology create solutions to problems