Crop and Soil Sciences

Skills - include strong communication and organization skills, geographic information systems (GIS) experience, proficiency in a foreign language (especially Spanish), statistics, field experience, surveying, proficiency with operating and maintaining a piece of advanced laboratory equipment and/or heavy machinery. Other possibilities include a minor in Agribusiness Management, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Civic Agriculture and Food Systems, Horticulture, or International Trade and Development.

Certifications - if you plan to provide crop management recommendations to clients, you may want to become a Certified Crop Advisor. If you want to be an agronomist, then you may want to become a certified Professional Agronomist. Both certifications are offered through the American Society of Agronomy. Another certification that may be useful is the Certified Professional Soil Scientist offered through the Soil Scientist Society of America.

Environmental Science 

Skills - include geographic information systems (GIS) experience, database management, proficiency in a foreign language (especially Spanish), statistics, field experience, surveying, chemistry analytical techniques, electronics, proficiency with operating and maintaining a piece of advanced laboratory equipment (ex. mass spectrometry), and learning how to use an advanced piece of software such as AutoCAD. Other possibilities include a minor in Chemistry, Green Engineering, or Wetland Science.

Certifications - if you want to work with environmental contaminants, a HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) certification is almost always needed, and a certification in pesticide application can be helpful. Another certification that may be useful is the Certified Professional Soil Scientist offered through the Soil Scientist Society of America.

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