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Career and Education Opportunities for Soil Scientists in New Mexico

New Mexico has a population of 2,009,671, which has grown by 10.48% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "The Land of Enchantment," its capital is Santa Fe, though its biggest city is Albuquerque.

There are currently 140 working soil scientists in New Mexico; this should grow by 8% to about 150 working soil scientists in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for soil scientists are expected to grow by about 15.5%. Soil scientists generally conduct research in breeding, physiology, and management of crops and agricultural plants, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth.

A person working as a soil scientist can expect to earn about $30 hourly or $62,580 annually on average in New Mexico and about $28 hourly or $58,390 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Soil scientists earn more than people working in the category of Life Sciences generally in New Mexico and less than people in the Life Sciences category nationally. People working as soil scientists can fill a number of jobs, such as: arboriculturist, pomologist, and microbiology soil scientist.

In 2008, there were a total of 1,117,433 jobs in New Mexico. The average annual income was $33,389 in 2008, up from $32,093 in 2007. The unemployment rate in New Mexico was 7.2% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. About 23.5% of New Mexico residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in New Mexico include casinos (except casino hotels), other nonmetallic mineral mining, and all other miscellaneous ambulatory health care services. Notable tourist attractions include the Flowers by ZACH, the Rattlesnake Museum & Gift Shop, and the LA Fonda Del Bosque.

CITIES WITH Soil Scientist OPPORTUNITIES IN New Mexico


JOB DESCRIPTION: Soil Scientist

In general, soil scientists conduct research in breeding, physiology, and management of crops and agricultural plants, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. They also may classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.

Every day, soil scientists are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they think through problems and come up with general rules.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in New Mexico include:

  • Biologist. Research or study basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, and functions.
  • Chemist. Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or chemical experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.
  • Environmental Technician. Perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health. Under direction of an environmental scientist or specialist, may collect samples of gases, soil, and other materials for testing and take corrective actions as assigned.
  • Epidemiologist. Investigate and describe the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, and other health outcomes and develop the means for prevention and control.
  • Food Science Technician. Perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties of food or beverage products.
  • Food Technologist. Use chemistry, microbiology, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, and distribute food.
  • Forester. Manage forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber's worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine the best time for harvesting. Develop forest management plans for public and privately-owned forested lands.
  • Medical Scientist. Conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation or other research, production, or related activities.
  • Natural Resource Manager. Research or study range land management practices to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.
  • Park Ranger. Plan, develop, and conduct programs to inform public of historical, natural, and scientific features of national, state, or local park.
  • Scientist. Study the chemical composition and physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena. May conduct research to further understanding of the complex chemical combinations and reactions involved in metabolism, reproduction, and heredity. May determine the effects of foods, drugs, and other substances on tissues and vital processes of living organisms.
  • Soil Conservation Technician. Plan and develop coordinated practices for soil erosion control, soil and water conservation, and sound land use.
  • Zoologist. Study the origins, behavior, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management, including the collection and analysis of biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water areas.

LOCATION INFORMATION: New Mexico

New Mexico
New Mexico photo by karol m

New Mexico has a population of 2,009,671, which has grown by 10.48% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "The Land of Enchantment," its capital is Santa Fe, though its largest city is Albuquerque. In 2008, there were a total of 1,117,433 jobs in New Mexico. The average annual income was $33,389 in 2008, up from $32,093 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in New Mexico was 7.2% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. About 23.5% of New Mexico residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in New Mexico include casinos (except casino hotels), other nonmetallic mineral mining, and all other miscellaneous ambulatory health care services. Notable tourist destinations include the Albuquerque City Government, the Flowers by ZACH, and the Rattlesnake Museum & Gift Shop.