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Agricultural Scientists

ANZSCO ID 234112

Overview

All Agricultural and Forestry Scientists

  • $2,218 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Agricultural Scientists

  • 2,700 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 87% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 28% female Gender Share

Agricultural Scientists study commercial plants, animals and cultivation techniques to enhance the productivity of farms and agricultural industries.

Specialisations: Agronomist.

You need a bachelor degree in agricultural science or another related field to work as an Agricultural Scientist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • Studies the environmental factors affecting commercial crop production, pasture growth, animal breeding, and the growth and health of forest trees.
  • Studies the effects of cultivation techniques, soils, insects and plant diseases on animal, crop and forest production.
  • Develops procedures and techniques for solving agricultural or horticultural problems and improving the efficiency of production.

Prospects

Pathways

You need a bachelor degree in agricultural science or another related field to work as an Agricultural Scientist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Agricultural and Forestry Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Biology

    79% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  2. Education and training

    78% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. English language

    71% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Mathematics

    67% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Chemistry

    63% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  6. Geography

    59% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  7. Administration and management

    58% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  8. Clerical

    58% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  9. Computers and electronics

    56% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  10. Customer and personal service

    53% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  11. Personnel and human resources

    51% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  12. Communications and media

    47% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  13. Physics

    46% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  14. Engineering and technology

    45% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  15. Food production

    44% Skill level

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

  16. Law and government

    41% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  17. Public safety and security

    37% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  18. Mechanical

    37% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  19. Sales and marketing

    36% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  20. Economics and accounting

    29% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Science

    66% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  3. Speaking

    64% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  4. Active learning

    61% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  5. Complex problem solving

    61% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  6. Critical thinking

    61% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  7. Writing

    59% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  8. Active listening

    57% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    57% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  10. Monitoring

    57% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  11. Mathematics

    57% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  12. Learning strategies

    54% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  13. Systems analysis

    54% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  14. Systems evaluation

    54% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  15. Operations analysis

    52% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  16. Quality control analysis

    48% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  17. Instructing

    46% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  18. Time management

    45% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  19. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    39% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    70% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Inductive reasoning

    68% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  4. Written comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Deductive reasoning

    66% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  6. Written expression

    66% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  7. Problem spotting

    61% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  8. Originality

    59% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  9. Categorising

    57% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  10. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  11. Brainstorming

    57% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  12. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  13. Near vision

    52% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  14. Speech clarity

    52% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  15. Speech recognition

    52% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  16. Flexibility of closure

    46% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  17. Working with numbers

    46% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  18. Colour discrimination

    41% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  19. Selective attention

    41% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Perceptual speed

    39% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Collecting and organising information

    86% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    82% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Making sense of information and ideas

    82% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    82% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  5. Researching and investigating

    79% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  6. Looking for changes over time

    79% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  7. Making decisions and solving problems

    75% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  8. Communicating within a team

    75% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  9. Explaining things to people

    74% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  10. Thinking creatively

    73% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  11. Building good relationships

    71% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  12. Communicating with the public

    70% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  13. Scheduling work and activities

    69% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  14. Training and teaching others

    68% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  15. Documenting or recording information

    67% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  16. Monitoring people, processes and things

    64% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  17. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    62% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  18. Coming up with systems and processes

    61% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  19. Managing payments and orders

    60% Skill level

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  20. Working with computers

    56% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-1013.00 - Soil and Plant Scientists.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    99% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Freedom to make decisions

    90% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  4. Telephone

    90% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Unstructured work

    89% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  6. Being exact or accurate

    82% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  7. Indoors, heat controlled

    82% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  8. Teamwork

    82% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  9. Impact of decisions

    78% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  10. Contact with people

    74% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  11. Lead or coordinate a team

    72% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  12. Time pressure

    72% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  13. Letters and memos

    71% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  14. Contact with the public

    70% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  15. Frequent decision making

    69% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Health and safety of others

    69% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  17. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    69% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  18. Responsible for outcomes

    69% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  19. Spend time sitting

    69% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  20. Competition

    67% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    86% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Independence

    81% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Recognition

    76% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  4. Working conditions

    71% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Relationships

    57% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Support

    48% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    81% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Creative

    52% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  4. Administrative

    43% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  5. Helping

    43% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Enterprising

    24% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-1013.00 - Soil and Plant Scientists.

All Agricultural and Forestry Scientists

  • $2,218 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Agricultural Scientists

  • 2,700 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 87% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 28% female Gender Share

Agricultural Scientists study commercial plants, animals and cultivation techniques to enhance the productivity of farms and agricultural industries.

Specialisations: Agronomist.

You need a bachelor degree in agricultural science or another related field to work as an Agricultural Scientist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • Studies the environmental factors affecting commercial crop production, pasture growth, animal breeding, and the growth and health of forest trees.
  • Studies the effects of cultivation techniques, soils, insects and plant diseases on animal, crop and forest production.
  • Develops procedures and techniques for solving agricultural or horticultural problems and improving the efficiency of production.

You need a bachelor degree in agricultural science or another related field to work as an Agricultural Scientist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Employers look for Agricultural and Forestry Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Biology

    79% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  2. Education and training

    78% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. English language

    71% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Mathematics

    67% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Chemistry

    63% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  6. Geography

    59% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  7. Administration and management

    58% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  8. Clerical

    58% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  9. Computers and electronics

    56% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  10. Customer and personal service

    53% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  11. Personnel and human resources

    51% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  12. Communications and media

    47% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  13. Physics

    46% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  14. Engineering and technology

    45% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  15. Food production

    44% Skill level

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

  16. Law and government

    41% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  17. Public safety and security

    37% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  18. Mechanical

    37% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  19. Sales and marketing

    36% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  20. Economics and accounting

    29% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Science

    66% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  3. Speaking

    64% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  4. Active learning

    61% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  5. Complex problem solving

    61% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  6. Critical thinking

    61% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  7. Writing

    59% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  8. Active listening

    57% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    57% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  10. Monitoring

    57% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  11. Mathematics

    57% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  12. Learning strategies

    54% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  13. Systems analysis

    54% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  14. Systems evaluation

    54% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  15. Operations analysis

    52% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  16. Quality control analysis

    48% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  17. Instructing

    46% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  18. Time management

    45% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  19. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    39% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    70% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Inductive reasoning

    68% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  4. Written comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Deductive reasoning

    66% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  6. Written expression

    66% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  7. Problem spotting

    61% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  8. Originality

    59% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  9. Categorising

    57% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  10. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  11. Brainstorming

    57% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  12. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  13. Near vision

    52% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  14. Speech clarity

    52% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  15. Speech recognition

    52% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  16. Flexibility of closure

    46% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  17. Working with numbers

    46% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  18. Colour discrimination

    41% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  19. Selective attention

    41% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Perceptual speed

    39% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Collecting and organising information

    86% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    82% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Making sense of information and ideas

    82% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    82% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  5. Researching and investigating

    79% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  6. Looking for changes over time

    79% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  7. Making decisions and solving problems

    75% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  8. Communicating within a team

    75% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  9. Explaining things to people

    74% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  10. Thinking creatively

    73% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  11. Building good relationships

    71% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  12. Communicating with the public

    70% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  13. Scheduling work and activities

    69% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  14. Training and teaching others

    68% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  15. Documenting or recording information

    67% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  16. Monitoring people, processes and things

    64% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  17. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    62% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  18. Coming up with systems and processes

    61% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  19. Managing payments and orders

    60% Skill level

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  20. Working with computers

    56% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-1013.00 - Soil and Plant Scientists.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    99% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Freedom to make decisions

    90% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  4. Telephone

    90% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Unstructured work

    89% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  6. Being exact or accurate

    82% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  7. Indoors, heat controlled

    82% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  8. Teamwork

    82% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  9. Impact of decisions

    78% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  10. Contact with people

    74% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  11. Lead or coordinate a team

    72% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  12. Time pressure

    72% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  13. Letters and memos

    71% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  14. Contact with the public

    70% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  15. Frequent decision making

    69% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Health and safety of others

    69% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  17. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    69% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  18. Responsible for outcomes

    69% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  19. Spend time sitting

    69% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  20. Competition

    67% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    86% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Independence

    81% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Recognition

    76% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  4. Working conditions

    71% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Relationships

    57% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Support

    48% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    81% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Creative

    52% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  4. Administrative

    43% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  5. Helping

    43% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Enterprising

    24% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-1013.00 - Soil and Plant Scientists.
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