Crop Science

Crop Science

Overview

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.

Typical Employers:

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