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Career pathways in agronomy

Agronomy is the science and technology for producing and using plants for food, fuel, fiber, and land reclamation. It encompasses work in the areas of plant genetics, plant physiology, meteorology, and soil science.

Agronomists can become independent consultants for farmers and small businesses. They can also apply their knowledge in their farming practices.

Academician (teaching) and researcher » Plant pathologist »
Farm manager » Plant entomologist »
Crop scientist » Breeder and geneticist »
Soil scientist » Extension worker »

An agronomist is an agricultural scientist who studies commercial plants, animals and cultivation techniques to improve the productivity and sustainability of farms and agricultural industries.

  • They collect and analyse data and samples of produce, feed and soil, and study other factors affecting production
  • Advise farmers and farm managers about techniques for improving the production of crops and livestock
  • Advise farmers about issues such as livestock and crop disease, control of pests and weeds, soil improvement, animal husbandry and feeding programs
  • Study environmental factors affecting commercial crop production, pasture growth and animal breeding
  • Study the effects of cultivation techniques, soils, insects and plant diseases on animal and crop production
  • Develop procedures and techniques for solving agricultural problems and improving the efficiency of production

A four-year degree in agronomy is often the required education for those interested in pursuing this career.