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Agriculture

Agronomist

Agronomists advise farmers on soil management and crop production.

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £45,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 40 a week

You could work: 9am to 5pm; as customers demand

3.4%
Future employment

There will be 3.4% more Agronomist jobs in 2026.

Day to day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you may:

  • advise farmers on land management and how to improve their crop yields
  • study soil, water and other factors which affect crop growth
  • create chemical treatment plans to keep crops free of pests and weeds
  • record information on plant growth and environmental conditions
  • carry out field trials to solve clients' crop problems
  • collect and analyse crop yield and financial data
  • keep up to date with product developments and legislation

Working environment

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in an office, on a farm, at a research facility or visit sites.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and you'll travel often.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies
University

You'll usually need qualifications relevant to agriculture like a HNC, foundation degree or degree in subjects like:

  • agriculture
  • biology
  • crop and plant science
  • ecology
  • environmental science

Some employers may also look for relevant postgraduate qualifications in subjects like:soil science; genetics; crop technology

With a degree or postgraduate qualifications you can apply for a graduate training scheme. You may find opportunities with:independent consultancies; companies selling agro-chemicals, seed or fertiliser products; land and farming charities; government departments

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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College

You could gain relevant skills and knowledge from a course like a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture.

With experience, this may help you work towards an agronomy and professional adviser apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
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Apprenticeship

You could get into this role through an agriculture professional adviser higher apprenticeship. When you're on this apprenticeship, you'll need to follow the agronomy and professional adviser pathway.

Entry requirements

Most people following this route have:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
  • experience in related work
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Other routes

You could study for the BASIS Foundation Award in Agronomy if you're new to the industry and have limited crop experience and knowledge. This will give you an introduction to agronomy, crop protection and crop nutrition.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Career tips

You'll need lots of experience of working on farms as you need a thorough understanding of agriculture.

Professional and industry bodies

For professional recognition and training opportunities you could join the Association of Independent Crop Consultants or BASIS.

Further information

You can find out more about how to become an agronomist from Tasty Careers.

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You could specialise in precision farming methods or developing nutrition plans for fruit or vegetable crops.

You could also study for a postgraduate master's degree, like soil science or genetics and become a consultant.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • science skills
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • business management skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to learn through your work
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • maths knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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