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Soil scientists conduct research into the composition, distribution and evolution of soils (NOC). They study the interaction of soils with organisms, animals and plants, and the management of soil resources for agricultural production and environmental protection. Soil scientists are employed by: post-secondary schools; federal, provincial and municipal government departments and research centres; fertilizer companies; engineering and land appraisal firms; coal, oil, gas and forestry companies; consulting firms. (alis)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada - profiles & featured role models:
- Day in the Life of a Soil Scientist - Soil Science Society of America
- What is a plant and soil scientist?
- Career Profile: Soil Scientist
- Soil Scientist - virtual job shadow video from Career in STEM
- Sokanu: What does a soil and plant scientist do? - occupational info and video
U of M Academic Calendar
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Faculty and Department Homepages
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- Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences - Department of Soil Science
- Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
- Faculty of Science
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Labour market information
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- Average Soil Scientist Salary - PayScale.com
- Market Research - industry info from AG Careers
Professional associations organize events and directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities are also available. This is a great way to learn and network.
- Canadian Society of Soil Science (CSSS)
- Manitoba Soil Science Society
- Agrologists Manitoba
- Soil Science Society of America (U.S.)
- Soil and Water Conservation Society (Canada & U.S.)
- International Union of Soil Sciences
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Crop Life Canada - members
- Soil Testing in Manitoba - list of soil labs from Manitoba Agriculture
- Agri-food Innovation Council - corporate members
- Manitoba Environmental Industry Association - directory
- BIOTE Canada - industry members
- Biosciences Association of Manitoba - member companies
- Biotechnology Innovation Organization - U.S. and international member directory
- Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research
- Universities Canada - members
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