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What does a Soil Scientist do?

Soil scientists are actively involved in solving many of society’s most pressing problems. They play a role in maximizing food production, planning efficient urban development, safely disposing of wastes, conserving prime farm land, reducing the impact of soil erosion, conserving the world’s energy resources and many other activities.

Graduates from North Carolina State University with a background in soil science pursue professions in a wide variety of interesting areas. Some pursue careers with state and federal agencies in soil conservation, soil survey or other fields of land management. Many apply their soil management expertise to crop production in a farming operation or as consultants to large commercial agricultural producers. An increasing number of opportunities are available in waste management through land application and septic system design as well as other engineering aspects of soils. Extension, research and educational organizations have traditionally been active employers of soil scientists.

Soil science also plays an important role in forest fertilization and management, water quality protection, agricultural chemical sales, farm management, landscape design and land use planning. An education in soil science can be tailored to prepare students for graduate study and pursuit of an exciting career in research. Many students further their education at the masters or doctorate level.

Learn more at http://go.ncsu.edu/soilscience-careers

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