An agronomist provides agronomic knowledge and leadership to growers in their assigned market while performing job duties such as field scouting, soil management and market analysis.
What responsibilities will I have?
- Ensure accurate knowledge or reliable referrals to make recommendations to growers to achieve efficient crop production
- Soil sample fields including multiple depth sampling, sampling by geo-reference and multiple site sampling in the event of changes in soil texture
- Manage field trials, plant physiology and irrigation practices
- Scout customer fields for weed, insects, disease and nutrition issues
- Ensure that application of seeding, fertility and pesticide occurs when weather conditions are optimal
- Gather, compile, analyze and interpret test results and prepare progress reports
- Analyze crop claim issues as necessary
- Document field evaluation of seed, chemical, specialty products and fertilizers
- Provide agronomic training for staff responsible for sales and marketing
- Assist with agronomic budgeting and cost monitoring
- Interact with suppliers, applicators and agronomy laboratories
- Remain up to date on crop nutrition and protection technology
What education and training is required?
A bachelor’s or master’s degree in agronomy or a related field is required to become an agronomist. It is also advised that you receive and maintain your Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) certification.
To pursue a career as an Agronomist:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, chemistry, computer courses, and mathematics.
Where can I work?
Agronomists work for medium to large-scale farms, crop and seed production companies, crop protection companies, government agencies, research firms, environmental organizations, and colleges or universities.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The future outlook for an agronomist will be great over the next five years.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations
- American Society of Agronomy
- Crop Science Society of America
- Weed Science Society of America
- American Society of Plant Biologist