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Soil Scientist

Soil scientists study soils, including soil types and processes, and the implications of soil use. They work for government agencies, environmental organisations, research facilities, agricultural and horticultural companies and universities. What is soil science? Essentially, soil science involves examining the formation and composition of soils – what is its chemical make-up? What is it’s physical make-up? Knowledge of soil composition is useful in determining what kind of plants it is able to nourish and how it can be enriched.

Some soil scientists are interested in soil from an environmental standpoint and look at how external factors impact upon the soil. They are interested in things like erosion as a result of intensive farming, soil contamination and how soil can be used non-destructively.

As you might imagine, soil scientist spend a lot of their time in the field, taking samples and making observations about the environment. They then move their work to the laboratory, where they carry out tests and learn about the composition of soil. They use this information to write reports, and possibly provide recommendations based on their findings.