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Agricultural or Horticultural Scientist

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Agricultural scientists research and develop new methods of raising animals and growing crops, and try them out on experimental farms and nurseries. They usually specialise in one area such as soil, crops, animals or farm produce.

Horticultural scientists specialise in the study of plants, plant identification and classification, and the growth and development of plants and crops including vegetables, fruits and ornamental plants. This includes studying plants used in gardening, landscaping and medicines.

The Work

You could be:

Depending on your specialism, agriculture or horticulture, you could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Salaries for qualified agricultural or horticultural scientists tend to be in the range of £17,000 to £25,000 a year. With experience, this can rise to over £40,000.

Conditions

Employment Status UK %

Past Unemployment
Scotland


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Getting In

You could work for a commercial company, a botanic garden, college, university, a government agency or research centre such as Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA).

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

James Hutton Institute
Tel: 0844 928 5428
E-mail: info@hutton.ac.uk
Website: http://www.hutton.ac.uk
Twitter: @JamesHuttonInst
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesHuttonInstitute?ref=ts

The James Hutton Institute was created from the merger of the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI) and the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute.

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
E-mail: lantra.scotland@lantra.co.uk
Website: http://www.lantra.co.uk/
Twitter: @LantraUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lantrauk

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA)
Tel: 0131 244 8890
E-mail: info@sasa.gsi.gov.uk
Website: http://www.sasa.gov.uk
Twitter: @ScotGovSASA

The Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) is a division of the Scottish Government Agriculture, Food and Rural Communities Directorate.

Science Council
Tel: 020 3434 2020
E-mail: enquiries@sciencecouncil.org
Website: http://www.sciencecouncil.org/
Website (2): http://www.futuremorph.org/
Twitter: @Science_Council
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scicouncil

The Science Council promotes the advancement and dissemination of knowledge of and education in science, technology, mathematics, computing and information technology. It awards the designation of Chartered Scientist (CSci) to those candidates who can meet the high standards required.

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