Nebraska Society of Professional Soil Scientists
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Nebraska Society of Professional Soil Scientists – Career/Educational Opportunities

A soil scientist studies and describes the physical and chemical properties of the upper portion of the Earth’s crust to a depth of two meters. Soil scientists manage, supervise, lead and/or perform professional, research and scientific work that involves investigating soils, managing soil, adapting soils to other uses, studying the genesis of soils, their preservation, geography, classification, and morphology. People who become soil scientists usually have a passion for science; enjoy the outdoors, a desire to make a significant contribution to their field and a need for answers to agronomic and environmental problems.

Soil scientists have careers in state and federal governments, at universities and in the private sector.

• Some of the fields that soil scientists have careers in:

  • Hydrologist
  • Soil Conservationist
  • County Agricultural Agent
  • Landscaping
  • Farming
  • Crop consulting
  • Soil Scientist, Mapping and Interpretation – USDA
  • Conservation planner
  • Marketing manager for agricultural firms
  • Research scientist

More information about a career in soil science can be found at: and

For the US Department of Agriculture and other Federal Agencies the basic qualifications for a Soil Scientist (Series 0470) is a degree in soil science or a closely related discipline that includes 30 semester hours of biological, physical, or earth science, with a minimum of 15 semester hours of courses such as soil genesis, pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics, and soil fertility.

• The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a good example of the typical courses that a soil scientist would take (under Soil Science Option).

Some resources for job openings for soil scientists can be found at:

Holdrege State Soil
Holdrege Silt Loam - The Nebraska State Soil

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