Agricultural commodity inspectors ensure that agricultural products meet the production, storage and transportation standards ...
Agrologists provide advice and services related to agricultural and environmental science and technology. They apply scientific principles to the cultivation, production, utilization and improvement of plants and animals, and the management of associated resources.
Also Known As
Analyst (Agribusiness, Agricultural, Environmental Policy), Specialist (Agriculture, Beef, Crop, Farm Management, Farm Marketing, Pork, Remediation and Reclamation, Soil), Economist (Agricultural, Natural Resource), Scientist (Environmental, Livestock, Research, Soil)
Employment and Advancement
Agrologists work for:
- federal, provincial and municipal government departments
- manufacturers and suppliers of agricultural production inputs (for example, fertilizers, pesticides, feedstuffs, seeds, livestock)
- farm business advisory services
- financial institutions
- agri-food companies
- agricultural producers
- conservation authorities
- educational schools
- consulting firms
- appraisal firms
- oil and gas companies
- land reclamation companies
- environmental companies.
Self-employed agrologists work on a contract basis.
New graduates may work on a seasonal basis until they gain experience. A doctoral degree is usually required to direct and administer research programs or teach at the university level.
Experienced agrologists may advance to supervisory and management positions. A graduate degree is required for some management positions.
Agrologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2123: Agricultural Representatives, Consultants and Specialists. In Alberta, 80% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
- size of the occupation.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.
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