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AGRONOMIST

Agronomists have a wide range of work, but their role is best summed up as a “crop doctor”. They are concerned with the health and well-being of crops (such as maize, sugar cane and sunflowers) used for food production, fuel, and land reclamation. They conduct experiments to develop the best methods for increasing the quality and production of crops.

BOOKKEEPER

The BOOKKEEPER creates financial transactions and generates reports from that information. The creation of financial transactions includes posting information to accounting journals or accounting software from such source documents as invoices
to customers, cash receipts, and supplier invoices.

Farmers need equipment to help lighten their task and to get work done at a faster pace. The BIO-RESOURCE ENGINEER designs and builds agricultural structures, such as water reservoirs and warehouses.

CONSERVATION PLANNER

A CONSERVATION PLANNER helps with the preservation of natural ecological processes. As cities and towns develop, it is the duty of the conservation planner to advise both the government and developers to protect certain natural spaces found on farms.

DAIRY SCIENTIST

DAIRY SCIENTISTS develop new and improved ways to produce and process milk. This is done through their knowledge of science and technology. They research the nutrition of the milk,
reproduction as well as the genes of diary animals.

EQUIPMENT OPERATOR

EQUIPMENT OPERATORS are the ones responsible for driving, operating and maintaining the big equipment on farms, such as the tractors, conveyors, harvesters and mowers.

FOOD SCIENTIST

FOOD SCIENTISTS work towards the improvement of food products. They do this through extensive research and experimenting with different ingredients and food processes.

GENETICIST

Geneticists specialise in the study of animal genetics. These scientists have an interest in finding out why animals are immune to certain diseases and why they cannot thrive in a specific environment.

HORTICULTURE TECHNICIAN

Horticulture technicians work in places where plants are grown, or with plants that need special care, ensuring they are in good health.

IRRIGATION SPECIALIST

IRRIGATION SPECIALISTS are responsible for the sales,
programming, operating and maintenance of irrigation systems to help producers produce a better crop.

JOURNALIST

Agricultural communications professionals, including journalists, work across all media platforms (newspapers, magazines, internet, TV and radio). They also work as spokes-
persons and public relations officers of agricultural companies.

KNOWLEDGE MANAGER

Agriculture knowledge managers plan, direct, or coordinate activities in electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming. Data is becoming increasingly valuable in modern agriculture.

LOGISTICS & SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGER

Logistics and supply chain managers are responsible for overseeing the execution of factory or customer deliveries, freight quotations, onsite pickups, and overflow
and direct-to-port.

MARINE BIOLOGIST

Marine biologists study aquatic organisms and their habitats.They play a valuable role in aquaculture, which is the rearing of aquatic animals or the cultivation of aquatic plants for food.

NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

Nutrient management specialists examine and analyse current food raising and processing techniques and attempt to improve them. First, they conduct research and collect data about the components that go into crop growing and food processing. After gathering their data, they examine it and create possible solutions to the problems discovered.

OENOLOGIST

Oenologists learn about the principles and practices of wine-making such as applied chemical and microbiological processes involved in producing wines, as well as wine stabilisation and sensory evaluation of wine and brandy.

PESTICIDE HANDLER

PESTICIDE HANDLERS acquire, mix and apply pesticides for commercial farms, landscapers, private residences or nurseries. Some professionals may work for chemical lawn and tree services. Application methods may include dusting, spraying or adding the chemicals directly to soils.

QUALITY CONTROL OFFICER

The responsibility of the QUALITY CONTROL OFFICER is to maintain the safety and hygiene standards of certain agricultural products within a factory.

RESEARCHER

RESEARCHERS in the field of agricultural science attempt to develop effective, safe and environmentally sustainable techniques for raising livestock and harvesting crops. Specialty areas in this field can include animal science, food science, bioresource science and soil science.

SOIL SCIENTIST

A SOIL SCIENTIST gathers, interprets and evaluates information about the chemistry, biology and physics of soil. Using the information obtained from this analysis, it is their duty to inform and influence on diverse issues, such as agricultural production, biodiversity, climate change, environmental quality, human health and land remediation.

TOXICOLOGIST

A TOXICOLOGIST studies chemicals and their effects on living beings and the environment. The goal of a toxicologist is to maintain a good standard of health for the earth and all living things.

ULTRASONOGRAPHER

ULTRASONOGRAPHERS monitor the reproductive organs, pregnancy diagnosis, and foetal gender identification
of animals and verify its reliability by laparoscopy.

VETERINARIAN

VETERINARIANS within the agricultural sector are very important. When animals get sick on a farm it is the veterinarian’s duty, as an animal surgeon, to treat the animals according to their needs.

WINEMAKER

WINEMAKERS do more than make wine. In fact they oversee the entire production process of creating wine, from grape harvesting, crushing and fermentation to aging, blending and bottling.

X-RAY TECHNICIAN

Various machine vision techniques such as visible, infrared, terahertz, and X-RAYS are being researched to overcome the limitations of conventional food inspection systems, such as
the inability to look inside a product. Food safety regulations
and consumer expectations are the other driving forces for
development of machine vision techniques.

YARD MANAGER

The YARD MANAGER supervises and coordinates activities of workers engaged in loading, transferring, and operating equipment in an industrial yard. They also direct workers engaged in handling and storing objects in the yard.

ZOOLOGISTS

Specialist Agricultural ZOOLOGISTS have advanced training in all agricultural aspects of animal biology, including breeding, behaviour, physiology, disease, development, and interactions with the environment.