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Agrologist

Agrologists provide advice and services related to agricultural and environmental science and technology. They apply scientific principles to the cultivation, production, utilization and improvement of plants and animals, and the management of associated resources.

  • Avg. Salary $85,025.00
  • Avg. Wage $37.52
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed 1,700
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Analyst (Agribusiness / Agricultural / Environmental Policy), Specialist (Agriculture / Beef / Crop / Farm Management / Farm Marketing / Pork / Remediation and Reclamation / Soil), Economist (Agricultural / Natural Resource), Scientist (Environmental / Livestock / Research / Soil)

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

44%
44%
Average Wage
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  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Agrologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Agricultural Representatives, Consultants and Specialists
NOC code: 2123
INNOVATIVE

Interest in co-ordinating information to conduct research and evaluate agricultural data; and in maintaining records of services provided and the results achieved

SOCIAL

Interest in liaising with researchers, educators and government and business managers on farming and agriculture

DIRECTIVE

Interest in consulting to provide counselling and advisory services, and to conduct advisory information sessions and lectures for farmers and other groups

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Oct 26, 2016

Agrologists may be involved in agricultural or environmental science and technology fields ranging from agronomy, food and fibre production, processing, packaging, transportation and marketing to the protection of soil, water, plant and wildlife resources. Those employed in the public sector may:

  • develop and administer government regulations and programs
  • develop and distribute information and advice for the public and stakeholders in the agri-business and agri-food industries
  • develop and distribute specialized information and training materials for producers (for example, grain farmers, livestock producers)
  • manage and co-ordinate government programs and make recommendations regarding agricultural and resource use policies
  • supervise and manage activities on public land used for agricultural purposes such as ranching and grazing 
  • conduct inspections and oversee food safety programs and biosecurity
  • anticipate economic opportunities and challenges, and develop appropriate strategies
  • promote the sustainable development of agricultural resources
  • act as liaisons between researchers, government personnel, business managers, environmental groups, educators and others
  • conduct research and prepare research reports
  • conduct environmental assessments
  • manage and evaluate rangeland
  • manage waste and compost
  • control pests using a variety of integrated control methods.

Agrologists employed in the private sector may be involved in:

  • crop or livestock production
  • market development
  • production input management
  • agri-food business management
  • ensuring products meet quality and regulatory requirements
  • soil conservation (for more information, see the Soil Scientist occupation profile) 
  • soil remediation, land reclamation and restoration
  • conduct air, soil and water sampling and evaluation
  • conduct greenhouse gas verification, evaluation and management
  • resource planning and development
  • research and development of new services and products (biological, mechanical and operating systems) 
  • sales and marketing (for more information, see the Technical Sales Representative occupation profile)
  • wetland evaluation and classification.

Agrologists usually specialize in specific fields such as:

  • beef, pork, poultry or diversified livestock production
  • production of grain and other field crops
  • farm management 
  • agri-business development and marketing
  • soil and land management
  • remediation and reclamation 
  • design and management of irrigation and drainage systems
  • agri-business financial planning and lending
  • water and land use planning and resource management
  • education and training about particular aspects of agriculture
  • pest management.
Working Conditions
Updated Oct 26, 2016

Agrologists may work in offices, research centres, processing and manufacturing facilities, farm fields or ranch pastures. Agrologists may spend many hours travelling. They generally work regular office hours, but are often required to do field work that may involve evening and weekend work. Workloads may vary depending on the season and the agrologist's specialization.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Oct 26, 2016

Agrologists need the following characteristics:

  • the intellect, curiosity, creativity, patience and perseverance required to solve complex problems and keep technical knowledge up to date
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • good organizational skills
  • good analysis and problem solving skills
  • interpersonal skills
  • leadership skills
  • conflict management skills
  • the ability to work independently or as part of a team.

They should enjoy co-ordinating, analyzing and synthesizing information to develop innovative solutions to problems, working with people, and advising and supervising others.

Educational Requirements
Updated Oct 26, 2016

In Alberta, agrologists must have a 4-year bachelor's degree in agriculture or environmental science that is recognized by the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA), or equivalent education, plus the course credits required by AIA Council.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Concordia University of Edmonton

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Oct 26, 2016

Agrologist

Agrologists provide advice and services related to agricultural and environmental science and technology. They apply scientific principles and practices to the cultivation, production, utilization and improvement of plants and animals, and the management of associated resources.

Legislation

Under Alberta's Agrology Profession Act and Agrology Profession Regulation, registration with the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) is mandatory if you meet identified educational and competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public or supervise registered members who provide services to the public. Only registered members may call themselves a Professional Agrologist or Agrologist in Training.

What You Need

Membership as a Professional Agrologist requires a recognized 4-year bachelor's degree in agriculture or environmental science, plus the course credits required by AIA Council and completion of the Agrologist in Training program. For official, detailed information about registration requirements, visit the AIA website or contact the AIA.

Working in Alberta

Agrologists who are registered and in good standing with an Agrologist Institute elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

To find more information on the certification process for internationally educated agrologists, see Agrologist Registration Process on the AlbertaCanada.com website.

Contact Details

Alberta Institute of Agrologists
Suite 1430, 5555 Calgary Trail, NW 
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6H 5P9
Phone number: 780-435-0606
Fax number: 780-435-2155
Email: info@aia.ab.ca
Website: www.albertaagrologists.ca

Employment & Advancement
Updated Oct 26, 2016

Agrologists work for:

  • federal, provincial and municipal government departments
  • manufacturers and suppliers of agricultural production inputs (for example, fertilizers, pesticides, feedstuffs, seeds, livestock)
  • farm business advisory services
  • financial institutions
  • agri-food companies
  • agricultural producers 
  • conservation authorities
  • educational schools
  • consulting firms
  • appraisal firms
  • oil and gas companies
  • land reclamation companies
  • environmental companies.

Self-employed agrologists work on a contract basis.

New graduates may work on a seasonal basis until they gain experience. A doctoral degree is usually required to direct and administer research programs or teach at the university level.

Experienced agrologists may advance to supervisory and management positions. A graduate degree is required for some management positions.

Agrologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2123: Agricultural Representatives, Consultants and Specialists. In Alberta, 80% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Oct 26, 2016

Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
NOC code: 2123

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $22.22 $39.15 $27.27 $26.00
Overall $28.00 $46.89 $37.52 $35.50
Top $33.65 $61.97 $49.58 $51.59

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Public Administration

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

44%
44%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

44%
44%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

3%
3%

2015 Vacancy Rate

1%
Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • Business, Administration, Finance and IT
    • Management and Marketing
  • Natural Resources
    • Agriculture
    • Environmental Stewardship
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Agriculture and Related Technologies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Oct 26, 2016

Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC) website: www.aic.ca

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry website: www.agric.gov.ab.ca

Alberta Environment and Parks website: aep.alberta.ca

Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) website: www.albertaagrologists.ca

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 16, 2016. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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