There is a profession called soil scientist?!?

I have often been asked, how can you do a whole PhD on dirt? After a good laugh, I try to explain the vast interconnected science that we aim to study. The information below gives just a glimpse into the services we provide, and organizations we work for.

WHAT SERVICES CAN SOIL SCIENTISTS PROVIDE?
  • Analyze the physical, biological, and chemical properties of soil
  • Design sustainable soil management action plans
  • Develop environmental impact statements for multidisciplinary management projects
  • Implement soil conservation, irrigation, and drainage measures
  • Evaluate soil capabilities and limitations
  • On-site suitability evaluations
  • Soil fertility appraisal
  • Project siting
  • On-site septic and waste disposal
  • Resource inventories
  • Land, water, and vegetation surveys
  • Soil erosion, compaction, and degradation evaluations
  • Land use surveys
  • Irrigation, drainage, and reclamation consultation
  • Watershed and riparian area protection
  • Regional, county, and municipal plans
  • Research, education, and training
  • Soil-plant-water relationships
  • Soil analysis and testing
SOIL SCIENTISTS IN OREGON WORK FOR MANY TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING:
  • State Departments of Minerals and Industries, Forestry, Water Resources, Environmental Quality, and Economic Development
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • US Bureau of Land Management
  • Universities and other Educational Institutions
  • US Forest Service
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Native American Tribes, Bands, and Nations
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • University Extension in Agricultural and Forestry
  • Businesses and independent consultants involved in agriculture, forestry, waste utilization, microbiology, surveying and mapping, land information systems, horticulture, specialty crops, land use planning, hydrology, environmental training, ecological engineering, riparian areas wetlands, arboriculture, and remote sensing
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