How to become an agronomist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- specialist courses run by professional bodies
You'll usually need qualifications relevant to agriculture like a higher national diploma, foundation degree or degree in:
- crop and plant science
- environmental science
Some employers may also look for relevant postgraduate qualifications in subjects like:
- soil science
- crop technology
With a degree or postgraduate qualification you can apply for a graduate training scheme with organisations, such as:
- independent consultancies
- companies selling agrochemicals, seed or fertiliser products
- land and farming charities
- government departments
You'll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You could get relevant skills and knowledge by taking a course like:
- Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture
- T Level in Agriculture, Land Management and Production
Courses like these can help you move on to further training at university or an apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You could start your career by doing an Agriculture Professional Adviser Level 6 Higher Apprenticeship.
When you're on this apprenticeship, you'll need to follow the agronomy option.
This apprenticeship can take up to 3 years to complete.
Most people following this route have:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
- experience in related work
You could study for the BASIS Foundation Award in Agronomy if you're new to the industry and have limited crop experience and knowledge. This will give you an introduction to agronomy, crop protection and crop nutrition.
You'll have an advantage when applying for jobs or training, if you have some experience of farm work. Agricultural colleges, universities and local farms may be able to help with this.
Professional and industry bodies
You can find out more about a career as an agronomist from: