Soil scientists analyse soil samples to provide information about its quality and structure for construction, government, industrial and scientific staff.
Information about the composition of soil is required for a variety of reasons. It may be needed to assist with planning and surveying for land development purposes; to aid land restoration and reclamation projects; to gauge drainage and irrigation requirements; or to investigate environmental, climatic and pollution issues.
SKILLS AND STUDIES:
You can only become a soil scientist if you have a degree in a relevant subject such as soil science, environmental science or geology. Many employers also expect a relevant postgraduate qualification.
• Analytical skills
• Teamworking skills
• IT skills
Recommended additional skills:
• Good physical fitness
• collecting, assessing and examining samples
• analysing and interpreting data
• modelling information using specialist computer applications and preparing reports, maps and publications
• advising professionals in related fields, such as archaeologists and hydrologists
• recording and presenting findings
• keeping up to date with developments in soil science and relevant legislation or environmental issues
• attending conferences
Languages (grades/level): English Level C1 QCER