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Occupational Employment Statistics


19-1013 Soil and Plant Scientists

Conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. May classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 509$33.38/hr$19.22/hr$24.53/hr$32.69/hr$40.86/hr$44.43/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities150$35.19/hr
Professional and Business Services140$24.53/hr
Education and Health Services140$25.65/hr
Leisure and Hospitality20$24.89/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration60$35.09/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 10$38.88/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 20$31.64/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 20$31.51/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 40$24.87/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 50$32.69/hr0.0%
Northwest Minnesota 50$25.11/hr2.8%
Southwest Minnesota 50$24.78/hr4.8%
Southwest Balance of State 60$25.46/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 150$24.60/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 260$32.70/hr1.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 270$32.70/hrN/A
Minnesota 520$30.97/hr2.1%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers 150$34.31/hr5.2%
Animal Scientists 390$31.50/hr4.4%
Hydrologists 280$40.04/hr-0.7%
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists 520$34.71/hr5.2%
Microbiologists 330$38.21/hr4.2%
Physical Scientists, All Other 670$88.44/hrN/A

  • Provide information or recommendations to farmers or other landowners regarding ways in which they can best use land, promote plant growth, or avoid or correct problems such as erosion.
  • Conduct experiments to develop new or improved varieties of field crops, focusing on characteristics such as yield, quality, disease resistance, nutritional value, or adaptation to specific soils or climates.
  • Communicate research or project results to other professionals or the public or teach related courses, seminars, or workshops.
  • Communicate research or project results to other professionals or the public or teach related courses, seminars, or workshops.
  • Identify or classify species of insects or allied forms, such as mites or spiders.
  • Conduct research to determine best methods of planting, spraying, cultivating, harvesting, storing, processing, or transporting horticultural products.
  • Develop new or improved methods or products for controlling or eliminating weeds, crop diseases, or insect pests.
  • Study ways to improve agricultural sustainability, such as the use of new methods of composting.
  • Conduct experiments regarding causes of bee diseases or factors affecting yields of nectar or pollen.
  • Develop ways of altering soils to suit different types of plants.