Crop Science

Crop Science

Overview:

Crop scientists produce and improve the quality of food crops that we consume. These scientists develop new methods for keeping pests and weeds at bay.

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Conduct research and experiments to improve the quantity and quality of field crops
  • Study the composition of soil as it relates to plant growth
  • Communicate research findings to the scientific community, food producers, and the public
  • Travel between facilities to oversee the implementation of new projects

What education and training is required?

A bachelor’s degree in Plant Science.  For career advancement, crop scientists may earn a master’s degree specializing in areas such as plant breeding, crop quality and chemistry, crop management or sustainable agriculture.

To pursue a career as a Crop Scientist:

The following high school courses are recommended:  physics, environmental science, biology, computer applications, chemistry, calculus.

Typical Employers:

Experiment stations, farms, federal government and large agricultural research companies.

Future Job Market/Outlook:

The future outlook for Chefs is projected to grow 9% from 2012 to 2022, the same rate as the average for all occupations. 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:

  • Crop Science Society of America
  • International Crop Science Society
  • Soil Science Society of America
  • American Society of Agronomy
  • World Association of Agronomist