Soil scientists

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.

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.

Knowledge skills:
Essential skills:
• Analytical skills
• Teamworking skills
• IT skills
Recommended additional skills:
• Good physical fitness

Practical knowledge:
• 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