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Agrologist

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

  • Avg. Salary $92,817.00
  • Avg. Wage $41.88
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Medium
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)

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Agricultural Representatives, Consultants and Specialists (2123) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Agricultural Representatives, Consultants and Specialists (C023) 
  • 2011 NOC: Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists (2123) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

9%
9%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Agrologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Agricultural Representatives, Consultants and Specialists
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 Mar 31, 2019

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.

Agrologists employed in the public sector may:

  • Develop and administer government regulations and programs and make recommendations for agricultural and resource use policies
  • Develop and distribute information and advice for the public and stakeholders in the agri-business and agri-food industries
  • Develop and distribute information and training materials targeted to various producers, such as grain farmers or livestock producers
  • Review and make recommendations on reports and certificates, such as wetland assessments and reclamation certificates
  • Supervise and manage activities on public land turned to agricultural uses such as ranching and grazing
  • Inspect and oversee food safety programs and biosecurity
  • Anticipate economic opportunities and challenges and come up with appropriate strategies
  • Promote sustainable development of agricultural resources
  • Act as liaisons between researchers, government personnel, business managers, environmental groups, educators, and others
  • Research and prepare reports
  • Conduct environmental assessments
  • Manage and evaluate rangeland
  • Manage waste and compost
  • Control pests using appropriate integrated control methods

Agrologists employed in the private sector may:

  • Be involved in crop or livestock production
  • Manage production input
  • Manage agri-food businesses
  • Make sure products meet quality and regulatory requirements
  • Take and evaluate air, soil and water samples
  • Evaluate and control the production of greenhouse gases
  • Work on soil conservation (see the Soil Scientist occupation profile)
  • Be involved in soil remediation, land reclamation and restoration
  • Assess and evaluate rangeland and vegetation
  • Evaluate and classify wetland
  • Be involved in resource planning and development
  • Research and develop new biological, mechanical, and operating systems
  • Perform sales and marketing tasks related to agricultural inputs and environmental resources (see the Technical Sales Representative occupation profile)

Agrologists usually specialize in specific fields such as:

  • Beef, pork, poultry, or diversified livestock production
  • Grain production 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 lending and financial planning
  • Water- and land-use planning
  • Resource management
  • Education and training for particular aspects of agriculture
  • Pest management
  • Environmental assessment
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Agrologists can work in offices, research centres, or processing and manufacturing facilities. They can also work in farm fields, ranch pastures, oil or gas sites, pipelines, or wooded areas. They may spend a lot of time travelling. They may follow regular office hours, but can often be doing field work evenings and weekends. Agrologists’ workloads may vary depending on the season and their specialization.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Agrologists need:

  • Curiosity, creativity, patience, and perseverance
  • Organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Communication skills
  • Analytical thinking
  • Interpersonal, conflict resolution, and leadership skills
  • The ability to work efficiently
  • The ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • A familiarity with the logistics of farm operations and the industry in general

They should enjoy:

  • Co-ordinating, analyzing, and synthesizing information to come up with innovative solutions to problems
  • Working with people
  • Advising and supervising others
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2019

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.

Agrologists also need to keep their technical knowledge up to date.


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 Mar 31, 2019

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 learn about certification for internationally educated agrologists, see Agrologist Registration Process.

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 Mar 31, 2019

Agrologists may work for government departments, applied research associations or manufacturers and suppliers of agriculture production inputs. These could include fertilizers, pesticides, feedstuffs, seeds, and livestock. They may also work for:

  • Farm business advisory services
  • Financial institutions
  • Agri-food companies
  • Agricultural producers
  • Conservation authorities
  • Educational organizations
  • Consulting firms
  • Appraisal firms
  • Oil and gas companies
  • Land reclamation companies
  • Environmental companies

Self-employed agrologists work on a contract basis.

New graduates may have to do seasonal work to gain experience. With experience, agrologists may advance to supervisory and management roles. A graduate degree is required for some managerial positions. With a doctoral degree, agrologists may direct and administer research programs or teach at the university level.

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 [pdf] in this occupation is 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 (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • 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 Mar 31, 2019

Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $23.00 $40.04 $28.51 $25.00
Overall $32.21 $50.38 $41.88 $45.00
Top $37.67 $75.00 $59.78 $58.17

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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.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
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Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

37%
37%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

9%
9%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

3%
3%

Vacancy Rate

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Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Agriculture and Related Technologies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Agri-Food Innovation Council (AIC) website: www.aic.ca

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry website: www.alberta.ca/ministry-agriculture-forestry

Alberta Environment and Parks website: www.alberta.ca/ministry-environment-parks.aspx

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

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Updated Mar 31, 2019. 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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