Soil and Plant Scientists (19-1013)

Occupation description:  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.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 5456 3.70 22
United States 17,70018,900 6.7120 610730

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 33.3118.1822.83 29.9539.3854.99
Alaska 34.5625.7626.89 32.2238.5348.57

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
253 12.034.8 26.1
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation7
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation2
UI claimants previously working in occupation1
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 8
Number of job position postings 1
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 8.0

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None