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Become An Agronomist

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Working As An Agronomist

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Processing Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Make Decisions

  • $55,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Agronomist Do At Land O' Lakes

* Make sales calls throughout assigned territories to determine agronomy needs, create solutions and build long term relationships with customers that will generate sales of seed, fertilizer, ag chemicals and agronomy services.
* Plan and carry out test plots at farms to demonstrate improved varieties of field crops such as corn and soybeans to use as a sales tool.
* Develop and maintain a current list of customers and prospects and rate them based on potential size of operation, credit worthiness and other pertinent marketing information.
* Keep current on agronomic products, trends, problems, services, and resources to sell agronomy products in an ethical manor.
* Recommend and sell products and programs to the producer within the company credit and pricing policies.
* Relay competitive sales, pricing and marketing information to management in a timely manner.
* Communicate with management about products being sold or prepaid and problems with products, programs, or producers.
* Relay requested sales contract and other pertinent information to management

What Does An Agronomist Do At Dupont

* Partner with the Technical Product Manager to plan and conduct product evaluation trials to support product advancement, life cycle management, and positioning.
* Partner with field sales personnel to create and deliver product information/training which improves the product knowledge of our teams and the productivity and profitability of our customers.
* Collect information/notes and observations related to the performance of Pioneer® brand seed products and associated technologies.
* Provide overall performance evaluations on Pioneer seed products
* Coordinate Area product evaluation trials
* Act as the liaison between field sales, seed production, and crop genetics research
* Lead assessment of product strengths and needs for assigned area (GAPs Analysis).
* Develop a working knowledge of customer product needs based on production practices in order to support field sales team product positioning efforts.
* Develop understanding of regional environmental differences that impact product performance in order represent Area in product advancement discussions and decisions
* Work with team to provide support for information and education/training to field sales force on product characteristics, product positioning and crop management practices.
* Work with Field Agronomist on product management and positioning
* Serve as the lead product resource for the area, particularly as it pertains to new product introductions.
* Qualifications
* Bachelor's degree required or equivalent
* Master's degree in Agronomy or equivalent is preferred

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How To Become An Agronomist

Agricultural and food scientists need at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited postsecondary institution, although many earn more advanced degrees. Some animal scientists earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).


Every state has at least one land-grant college that offers agricultural science degrees. Many other colleges and universities also offer agricultural science degrees or related courses. Degrees in related sciences, such as biology, chemistry, and physics, or in a related engineering specialty also may qualify people for many agricultural science jobs.

Undergraduate coursework for food scientists and technologists and for soil and plant scientists typically includes biology, chemistry, botany, and plant conservation. Students preparing to be food scientists take courses such as food chemistry, food analysis, food microbiology, food engineering, and food-processing operations. Students preparing to be soil and plant scientists take courses in plant pathology, soil chemistry, entomology (the study of insects), plant physiology, and biochemistry.

Undergraduate students in the agricultural and food sciences typically gain a strong foundation in their specialty, with an emphasis on teamwork through internships and research opportunities. Students also are encouraged to take humanities courses, which can help them develop good communication skills, and computer courses, which can familiarize them with common programs and databases.

Many people with bachelor’s degrees in agricultural sciences find work in related jobs rather than becoming an agricultural or food scientist. For example, a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science is a useful background for farming, ranching, agricultural inspection, farm credit institutions, or companies that make or sell feed, fertilizer, seed, or farm equipment. Combined with coursework in business, agricultural and food science could be a good background for managerial jobs in farm-related or ranch-related businesses. For more information, see the profile on farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers.

Many students with bachelor’s degrees in application-focused food sciences or agricultural sciences earn advanced degrees in applied topics such as nutrition or dietetics. Students who major in a more basic field, such as biology or chemistry, may be better suited for getting their Ph.D. and doing research within the agricultural and food sciences. During graduate school, there is additional emphasis on lab work and original research, in which prospective animal scientists have the opportunity to do experiments and sometimes supervise undergraduates.

Advanced research topics include genetics, animal reproduction, and biotechnology, among others. Advanced coursework also emphasizes statistical analysis and experiment design, which are important as Ph.D. candidates begin their research.

Some agricultural and food scientists receive a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Like Ph.D. candidates in animal science, a prospective veterinarian must first have a bachelor’s degree before getting into veterinary school.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Communication skills are critical for agricultural and food scientists. They must be able to explain their studies: what they were trying to learn, the methods they used, what they found, and what they think the implications of their findings are. They must also be able to communicate well when working with others, including technicians and student assistants.

Critical-thinking skills. Agricultural and food scientists must use their expertise to determine the best way to answer a specific research question.

Data-analysis skills. Agricultural and food scientists, like other researchers, collect data using a variety of methods, including quantitative surveys. They must then apply standard data analysis techniques to understand the data and get the answers to the questions they are studying.

Math skills. Agricultural and food scientists, like many other scientists, must have a sound grasp of mathematical concepts.

Observation skills. Agricultural and food scientists conduct experiments that require precise observation of samples and other data. Any mistake could lead to inconclusive or inaccurate results.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some states require soil scientists to be licensed to practice. Licensing requirements vary by state, but generally include holding a bachelor’s degree with a certain number of credit hours in soil science, working under a licensed scientist for a certain number of years, and passing an examination.

Otherwise, certifications are generally not required for agriculture and food scientists, but they can be useful in advancing one’s career. Agricultural and food scientists can get certifications from organizations such as the American Society of Agronomy, the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS), the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), or the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), and others. These certifications recognize expertise in agricultural and food science, and enhance the status of those who are certified.

Qualification for certification is generally based on education, previous professional experience, and passing a comprehensive exam. Scientists may need to take continuing education courses to keep their certification, and they must follow the organization’s code of ethics.

Other Experience

Internships are highly recommended for prospective food scientists and technologists. Many entry-level jobs in this occupation are related to food manufacturing, and firsthand experience can be highly valued in that environment.

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Agronomist Demographics


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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Portuguese

  • French

  • German

  • Carrier

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Real Agronomist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Pricipal Agronomist Aquaspy Group Inc. Indianapolis, IN Apr 21, 2011 $135,000
Agronomist Akusa, Inc. Modesto, CA Jan 06, 2016 $130,200
Agronomist Executive Sun Fresh International, LLC Visalia, CA Sep 09, 2014 $125,000 -
Agronomist Executive Sun Fresh International LLC Visalia, CA Jun 01, 2014 $125,000 -
Agronomist Pauma Ranches Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 30, 2009 $120,000
Agronomist Executive Sun Fresh International, LLC Visalia, CA Aug 29, 2015 $120,000 -
Lead Agronomist Ceres, Inc. Lake Charles, LA Sep 01, 2010 $109,000
Chief Agronomist David Peri Family Farms LLC Yerington, NV Nov 15, 2014 $108,000
Research Agronomist Monsanto Company Saint Louis, MO Apr 21, 2015 $102,024
IFS Research Agronomist Monsanto Company Saint Louis, MO Aug 17, 2014 $100,000
Global Agronomist Reiter Affiliated Companies, LLC Oxnard, CA Jun 13, 2016 $94,367
Agronomist Wm. Bolthouse Farms, Inc. Bakersfield, CA Sep 10, 2013 $93,000
Agronomist Wm. Bolthouse Farms, Inc. Bakersfield, CA Oct 09, 2013 $93,000
Technical Agronomist Monsanto Company Ames, IA Apr 01, 2015 $76,154
Technical Agronomist Monsanto Company Ithaca, NY Apr 18, 2016 $76,154
Extension Agronomist Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc. Camarillo, CA Feb 11, 2015 $75,600
Extension Agronomist Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc. Camarillo, CA Aug 10, 2015 $75,600
Extension Agronomist Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc. Camarillo, CA Sep 02, 2015 $75,600
Agronomist David Peri Family Farms LLC Yerington, NV Aug 20, 2013 $75,000
Agronomist David Peri Family Farms LLC Yerington, NV Sep 15, 2014 $75,000
Agronomist Top Soil Produce, LLC Tampa, FL Dec 28, 2009 $55,000
Agronomist (Agricultural Development) B&W Quality Growers, Inc. Fellsmere, FL Aug 27, 2011 $55,000
Agronomist (Agricultural Development) B&W Quality Growers, Inc. Fellsmere, FL May 17, 2011 $55,000
Agronomist James and Son Farms Hugoton, KS Aug 27, 2014 $55,000
Agronomist Mid State Supply Co, Inc. Santa Maria, CA Apr 14, 2014 $51,000
Agronomist USDA, Agricultural Research Service Maricopa, AZ Mar 10, 2013 $50,287

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Top Skills for An Agronomist


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Top Agronomist Skills

  1. Fertilizer Recommendations
  2. Area Growers
  3. Agronomic Advice
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • included the sales of Pioneer Seeds along with chemical and fertilizer recommendations and building relationships with trust.
  • Represented seed and chemical products to area growers Invoiced product sales Assisted in inventory management
  • Coordinate sales meetings and sell Biosolids to farmers; provide them with agronomic advice to best use Biosolids to raise yields.
  • Developed and coordinated integrated pest management programs.
  • Worked together with farmers to maintain control of diseases for corn, rice, wheat, oats and rye crops.

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