Agricultural Scientist


The rapid evolution of technology in agriculture is driving positive change and continued sustainability in our food systems. It is exciting and rewarding to play a small role in producing food while protecting the planet.

Cheyne Ogilvie, Director, Agriculture Innovation & Stewardship with Fertilizer Canada
Agricultural Scientist

In A Nutshell

I support agronomists and farmers in optimizing crop production and minimizing environmental impact.

I evaluate emerging technologies and present findings to agronomists and farmers to support continued adoption of sustainable farming practices.

I connect the dots between sustainable on-farm practices with the food that we eat with field-to-fork initiatives.


Potential Salary Range

$55,000 - 150,000 Annually

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
Manitoba MB
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador NL
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Ontario ON
Prince Edward Island PEI
Prince Edward Island
Quebec QC
Saskwatchewan SK

My workplace is variable; I either work in the lab or the office going through data, or I’m out in the field, supervising hands-on research. Every day is different and exciting! 


Indoor / Outdoor

Job Requirements & Duties

  • Conduct experiments on crops and soil
  • Plan out research projects and present the results to the agricultural community
  • Oversee a team of certified crop advisors and agronomists who support farmers in their cropping decisions
  • Partner with other industry organizations to provide sustainable solutions to farmers
  • Read through already existing research to help guide experiments and plans
  • Support industry initiatives and lobby for support of Canadian Agriculture and science-based decision-making

Education & Training

  • A university degree in agricultural science is required. A post-graduate or master's degree may help prepare potential employees for a research-based career.  

Job Outlook

    As the need to feed a growing population continues, agricultural research will remain necessary; the outlook for prospective employees in this field is good. 

Related School Subjects

69 Math
English Language Arts
Career Education

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Research Data Laboratory Science

Important Skills

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Science is ever-changing when it comes to nutrition. Having a strong skill set in understanding and analyzing research is key.

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Computer & Technological

Modern research is very computer based; from the tools used to conduct experiments, to the software used to analyze data.

Analytical Thinking

Research is all about collecting data and using critical thinking to analyze numbers and figure out meaningful patterns.

Written Communications

Another necessary part of the job is writing scientific reports on my research. Sharing information and results is important, so it helps to enjoy written communication.


The Best Things About This Job Are…

Independent Work
Opportunity to Travel
Making a Difference in the World
Pays Well
Problem Solving