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A Soil Scientist will check and interpret data collected by soil samples to provide information about it's quality and structure, the data could be required  to influence agriculture production, to advise construction or for landscaping.  Most of the work will be office based, although some fieldwork will be necessary to collect and test samples.

(You might also consider: Field Biologist)

Entry Requirements

To become a soil scientist you will need at least a 2:1 degree in a relevant subject, such as

  • Soil Science
  • Geology
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Chemistry

You will usually need:

  • 3 A Levels or equivalent including science and maths subjects for your degree course

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Most employers will also require a postgraduate qualification.

Further information

Soil science covers a range of scientific areas which means you can operate in a range of different industries such as construction, agriculture, conservation or archaeological projects.

Obtaining membership of a professional body such as British Society of Soil Science could be beneficial 

It would help to get some work experience or volunteering.

Required Skills

  • An Analytical and investigative mind
  • Logical thinker 
  • A flexible approach to work
  • Able to work well in a team
  • The ability to communicate your findings to others
  • Good concentration levels
  • Good problem solving abilities

Salary Range

£21,000 to £60,000

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