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Career and Education Opportunities for Soil Scientists in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has a population of 3,687,050, which has grown by 6.85% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Sooner State," Oklahoma's capital and biggest city is Oklahoma City.

About 120 people are currently employed as soil scientists in Oklahoma. By 2016, this is expected to grow 12% to 140 people employed. 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.

The average wage in the general category of Life Sciences jobs is $27 per hour or $56,608 per year in Oklahoma, and an average of $30 per hour or $62,473 per year nationwide. Jobs in this field include: physical hydrologist, soil science professor, and entomologist.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,206,469 jobs in Oklahoma. The average annual income was $35,969 in 2008, up from $34,298 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma was 6.4% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. About 20.3% of Oklahoma residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Oklahoma include boiler, tank, and shipping container manufacturing, pump manufacturing, and oil field machinery manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the Oklahoma Museums Association, and the Amateur Softball Association of Amrca NTNL Hdqrtrs.

CITIES WITH Soil Scientist OPPORTUNITIES IN Oklahoma


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 Oklahoma 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 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.
  • Microbiologist. Investigate the growth, structure, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Includes medical microbiologists who study the relationship between organisms and disease or the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.
  • 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: Oklahoma

Oklahoma
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Oklahoma has a population of 3,687,050, which has grown by 6.85% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Sooner State," Oklahoma's capital and biggest city is Oklahoma City. In 2008, there were a total of 2,206,469 jobs in Oklahoma. The average annual income was $35,969 in 2008, up from $34,298 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma was 6.4% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. Approximately 20.3% of Oklahoma residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Oklahoma include boiler, tank, and shipping container manufacturing, pump manufacturing, and oil field machinery manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Amateur Softball Association of Amrca NTNL Hdqrtrs, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and the Oklahoma Museums Association.