Profession soil scientist

Soil scientists research and study the scientific discipline concerning soil. They advise on how to improve soil quality to support nature, food production or human infrastructure using surveying techniques, irrigation techniques and erosion reduction measures. They make sure to conserve and restore land suffering from intense farming or human interaction.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Ecology

    The study of how organisms interact and their relation to the ambient environment.

  • Soil science

    The field of science that studies soil as a natural resource, its characteristics, formation, and classification. It also examines the physical, biological, and chemical potential of soil.

  • Geology

    Solid earth, rock types, structures and the processes by which they are altered.

  • 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.

  • European pesticide legislation

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

  • Soil mechanics

    Thoroughly understand the characteristics of soil in relation to analysing the deformations of fluids within soil that supports man-made structures.

  • Soil structure

    Diversity of soil elements and types of soil in relation to plant growth.

Skills

  • 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.

  • Gather experimental data

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

  • 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.

  • Advise on nature conservation

    Provide information and suggested actions relating to the conservation of nature.

  • Conduct soil sample tests

    Analyse and test soil samples; determine gas chromatography and gather relevant isotope and carbon information; determine viscosity.

Optional knowledge and skills

conduct field work laboratory techniques plant propagation agricultural equipment environmental engineering ensure soil fertility liaise with crop growers develop irrigation strategies surveying advise on soil and water protection prepare surveying report collect samples for analysis government policy agricultural production principles pollution prevention adjust surveying equipment operate surveying instruments agronomical production principles fertilisation principles climate change impact record survey measurements agronomy conduct land surveys advise on fertiliser and herbicide perform scientific research surveying methods inspect agricultural fields advise on pollution prevention irrigation systems develop scientific research protocols biology plant harvest methods implement biodiversity action plans environmental legislation