Agronomists will conduct research, experiments and investigations into field crop problems to secure a higher yield and improved quality. They will look into best methods of planting, cultivation, harvesting and will develop methods for control of weeds, diseases and pests.
A degree in agriculture, biology, biotechnology, crop and plant science, genetics, horticulture or other related subject.
A foundation degree will be useful for those looking into a career as a field worker or technician.
Agricultural apprenticeships at levels 2, 3 and 4 may assist with moving toward this role.
Career Path and Progression
- Look towards a Masters degree to specialise in a specific area.
- Good experience will be able to join a professional body which will help your development.
National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE. Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.
Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.
- A strong interest in plants and plant science
- Good problem solving abilities
- A flexible approach to work
- Able to work well in a team
- The ability to communicate your findings to others
- Good concentration levels
- An analytical and investigative mind
£16,000 to £25,000