Alternative titles for this job include Crop scientist, agricultural consultant, agronomy manager

Agronomists advise farmers on soil health, disease prevention and how to improve crop production and quality.

Average salary (a year)

£22,500 Starter


£60,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 40 a week

You could work

9am to 5pm as customers demand

How to become

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How to become 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:

  • agriculture
  • biology
  • crop and plant science
  • ecology
  • environmental science

Some employers may also look for relevant postgraduate qualifications in subjects like:

  • soil science
  • genetics
  • 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

Entry requirements

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

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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.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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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.

Entry requirements

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 

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Other Routes

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.

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Career tips

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

For professional recognition and training opportunities you could join the Association of Independent Crop Consultants or BASIS.

Further information

You can find out more about a career as an agronomist from:

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • science skills
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • business management skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to learn through your work
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • maths knowledge
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a full driving licence

You'll need the BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection if you're advising on or selling pesticides in the UK. This is a legal requirement.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you may:

  • advise farmers on land management and how to improve crop yields
  • study soil, fertilisers and other factors which affect crop growth
  • create chemical, biological and organic treatment plans to promote healthy crops
  • carry out field trials to solve clients' crop problems
  • use new technology to track plant growth and changes in environmental conditions

Green job

As an agronomist, you'll help farmers to produce crops in a more efficient and sustainable way. This can have a positive impact on the environment.

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Working environment

You could work in an office, on a farm, at a research facility or visit sites.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and you'll travel often.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could specialise in precision farming methods, like laser weeding, or developing nutrition plans for fruit or vegetable crops.

You could also study for a postgraduate master's degree, like soil science or genetics and become a consultant.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Agriculture Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Moreton Morrell

Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture

  • Start date: 04 September 2024
  • Location: Dorchester

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