Agronomists study plants and soil to optimise crop production, applying scientific knowledge to improve agricultural practices, enhance yields and promote sustainable farming methods for the benefit of both farmers and the environment.

Day-to-day Tasks

In your day-to-day duties you may:

  • advise farmers on land management and how to improve crop yields
  • study soil, fertilisers and other factors which affect crop growth
  • create chemical, biological and organic treatment plans to promote healthy crops
  • carry out field trials to solve clients' crop problems
  • use new technology to track plant growth and changes in environmental conditions 

Skills and knowledge

You will need:

  • science skills
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • business management skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to learn through your work
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • maths knowledge

Industry Qualifications

 You will need a relevant qualification to agriculture like a higher national diploma, foundation degree or degree in:

  • agriculture
  • biology
  • crop and plant science
  • ecology
  • environmental science

Some employers may also look for relevant postgraduate qualifications in subjects like:

  • soil science
  • genetics
  • crop technology

For professional recognition and training opportunities, you could join the Association of Independent Crop Consultants/ 

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