Crop scientists produce and improve the quality of food crops that we consume. These scientists develop new methods for keeping pests and weeds at bay.
What responsibilities will I have?
- Conduct research and experiments to improve the quantity and quality of field crops
- Study the composition of soil as it relates to plant growth
- Communicate research findings to the scientific community, food producers, and the public
- Travel between facilities to oversee the implementation of new projects
What education and training is required?
A bachelor’s degree in Plant Science. For career advancement, crop scientists may earn a master’s degree specializing in areas such as plant breeding, crop quality and chemistry, crop management or sustainable agriculture.
To pursue a career as a Crop Scientist:
The following high school courses are recommended: physics, environmental science, biology, computer applications, chemistry, calculus.
Experiment stations, farms, federal government and large agricultural research companies.
Future Job Market/Outlook:
The future outlook for Chefs is projected to grow 9% from 2012 to 2022, the same rate as the average for all occupations.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:
- Crop Science Society of America
- International Crop Science Society
- Soil Science Society of America
- American Society of Agronomy
- World Association of Agronomist