Soil scientist

Soil Scientists study the soil and what is living within. Like environmental scientists, soil scientists work to understand the environment and soil conditions. They often focus on maintaining the overall health of the soil. Their work is often used in finding ways to protect the environment, reduce pollution and keep the soil healthy. Most of a soil scientists work involves studying the upper layer of the earths crust and working to understand the organisms that live in these upper layers.

Duties and tasks

  • Conducting field studies
  • Consulting large organisations and government looking to maintain soil health and productivity
  • Evaluating data collected
  • Evaluating soil health in communities
  • Formulating reports
  • Gathering data on soil health and conditions
  • Make recommendations for general wildlife conservation
  • Making recommendations for ways to control soil pollution
  • Studying the chemical and biological makeup of soil

Skills required

  • Accurately conveying details to other individuals
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Thinking critically and using logic in order to find solutions to issues that arise
  • Viewing text and comprehending sentences and paragraphs

Working conditions

Many soil scientists work in the field gathering soil data. This can take them to a wide range of locations. Once they have gathered data and research, soil scientists switch their work to labs and offices.

Related jobs and job titles

  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Environmental Officer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmentalist
  • Geologist
  • Landcare Worker
  • Life Scientist
  • Natural Resource Manager

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