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OVERVIEWAn agronomist is an expert in soil management and field crop production. They study the science and technology of utilizing plants for food, fuel, feed, and fiber and also how to make crops and soils more profitable and more sustainable. These professionals look at the science, the application, the economics, and land management of the agricultural industry.

Skills Needed• Good knowledge regarding crops and plants• Decision making ability• Can work as a leader• Should have good technical skills• Good communication skills, so that they can listen to the problems of the farmers and able to tell them the solution• Work in any kind of environmental conditions

Average Wages Agronomist barely starting in the job will earn about $45,000 yearly. If they have been working for 10 to 20 years, they will earn about $67,000. When agronomist have been working for more than 20 years, they earn about $70,000 yearly.

Schooling and Certification Most jobs that hire agronomists want them to have a bachelor's degree or a master's degree in agronomy. The degree in agronomy combines the study of organic chemistry, agriculture, biology, and soil and crop sciences. Graduates are qualified for a variety of related professions, perhaps becoming crop scientists for a large-scale crop production company. They may even operate their own farms. Some institutions to get the degree include Cal Poly State University and Chico State University. Tuition cost would be around $24,000


NEED A JOB?The University of California is looking for a cooperative extension advisor to conduct a multi-county-based extension, education and applied research program with a focus on production issues in California’s Central Valley. The job is located in Hanford, CA. The salary depends on your experience with the job.


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