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The Sky's the Limit

Agriculture and the environment have never been more important to the future of our state, country and world. That’s why we’re focused on training the next generation of crop and soil scientists. 

Our graduates pursue meaningful careers that help feed a growing world population, address climate change and sustainable agriculture, and protect water resources and the environment.

The job possibilities in crop and soil sciences are abundant and diverse. And our degree programs will prepare you for whichever field you choose. So jump in — and jumpstart your career.

Careers in Crop and Soil Sciences

From agronomy to waste management, below you’ll find a wide variety of careers listed on AgExplorer that are available to you with a degree in Crop and Soil Sciences.

Agroecology Specialist

Agroecology is the study of ecological processes as applied to agricultural production systems with the goal of promoting long term sustainable systems.


Conservationists focus on sustainability of natural resources, acting as protective guides and educators for private industry, government, policy makers and the general public. They research, educate, advise and instruct.

Extension Agent

Extension agents, employed by land-grant universities, serve citizens as experts or teachers on topics relating to economics, community development, agriculture, family, animal production, and nutrition.

Restoration Specialist

Restoration specialists investigate the connections between organisms and the environment in a variety of settings. They also make recommendations for improvements to reestablish natural ecosystems.


Agronomists provide knowledge and leadership to growers in their assigned market while performing job duties such as field scouting, soil management and market analysis.

Crop Advisors

A crop advisor works to improve how a business or company manages and utilizes data from the seed or crop production process. They coordinate data collection initiatives and aid in strategic decision making.

Plant Breeder

Plant breeders study seed characteristics and work to improve those characteristics that are most desirable for a plant, such as yield, size, quality, maturity, and resistance to frost, drought, disease, and insect pests

Soil Scientist

Soil scientists study soil characteristics, map soil types and investigate responses of soils under certain conditions. Soil scientists study the chemical composition, structure, and properties of soil and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo.

Athletic Turf Manager

Athletic turf managers are responsible for producing and maintaining sporting grounds. They plan, oversee, and manage major athletic grounds and field renovation projects.

Environmental Specialist

Research. Advise. Supervise. Working as an environmental scientist and specialist involves conducting and assessing studies, advising agricultural organizations and predicting outcomes.

Precision Agriculture Specialist

Apply geospatial technologies, including GIS GPS, to agricultural production or management activities, such as pest scouting, site-specific pesticide application, yield mapping, or variable-rate irrigation.

Waste Management Specialist

Waste management specialists develop appropriate methods for removing and managing animal and food waste from or in the environment. They monitor processes that remove or destroy harmful materials, chemicals and microorganisms from water or land.

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