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RESEARCHER IN AGROECOLOGY: Talk To People & Follow Your Interests To Get Funded

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Amanda explains her work as a Postdoctoral Researcher studying bugs in the soil, and how they affect the nutrition of plants, with the goal of promoting sustainability and a healthy environment.

Degree: Entomology
Job Title: Postdoctoral Researcher - Agroecology
Employer: UC Davis

Job Summary: Soil and Plant Scientists

Job Description

Soil and Plant Scientists conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. May classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.

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Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$35,000 - $95,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 14 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Outdoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Likes working with hands, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Mathematical skills

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m='17890'>how</span> <span m='18280'>healthy</span> <span m='18630'>they</span> <span m='18830'>are,</span> <span m='19230'>and</span> <span m='19691'>how to</span> <span m='20152'>work</span> <span m='20613'>with the</span> <span m='21074'>communities</span> <span m='21535'>of soil</span> <span m='21996'>animals</span> <span m='22918'>to</span> <span m='23970'>make</span> <span m='24240'>systems</span> <span m='24760'>more</span> <span m='24980'>sustainable</span> <span m='25800'>and</span> <span m='25900'>better</span> <span m='26110'>for</span> <span m='26230'>the</span> <span m='26340'>environment</span> <span m='26710'>and</span> <span m='27523'>the workers</span> <span m='27966'>and</span> <span m='28409'>everything.</span> </p><p><span m='29740'>I</span> <span m='29870'>was</span> <span m='30000'>interested</span> <span m='30340'>in</span> <span m='30470'>biology</span> <span m='30775'>in</span> <span m='31080'>high</span> <span m='31433'>school,</span> <span m='32410'>that</span> <span m='32680'>and</span> <span m='32850'>theater.</span> <span m='33490'>But</span> <span m='34570'>biology</span> <span m='34835'>won,</span> <span m='35500'>and</span> <span m='36936'>I</span> <span m='37420'>studied</span> <span m='37640'>that</span> <span m='38580'>at</span> <span m='39016'>university.</span> <span m='39888'>And</span> <span m='40324'>while I was</span> <span m='40760'>in</span> <span m='40830'>university</span> <span m='41830'>I</span> <span m='42040'>just</span> <span m='42330'>started</span> <span m='42840'>talking</span> <span m='43290'>to</span> <span m='43440'>professors</span> <span m='43980'>about</span> <span m='44880'>doing</span> <span m='45110'>research</span> <span m='45400'>with</span> <span m='45690'>them</span> <span m='46166'>and</span> <span m='46642'>wanting</span> <span m='47118'>to do my own</span> <span m='47594'>independent</span> <span m='48070'>studies.</span> <span m='49022'>And</span> <span m='49500'>I</span> <span m='49620'>started</span> <span m='50150'>volunteering</span> <span m='50910'>in</span> <span m='51030'>someone's</span> <span m='51380'>laboratory.</span> <span m='52020'>I</span> <span m='52190'>just went and</span> <span m='52540'>talked</span> <span m='52780'>to them.</span> <span m='53540'>And</span> <span m='55320'>then</span> <span m='55960'>they</span> <span m='56300'>found</span> <span m='56450'>money</span> <span m='56800'>for me.</span> <span m='58059'>And</span> <span m='58528'>I just</span> <span m='58997'>think talking</span> <span m='59466'>to people</span> <span m='59935'>is really</span> <span m='60404'>important.</span> <span m='60873'>Like not</span> <span m='61342'>applying,</span> <span m='61811'>technically,</span> <span m='62749'>but</span> <span m='63218'>just</span> <span m='63687'>talking to</span> <span m='64156'>people</span> <span m='64625'>and</span> <span m='65099'>following</span> <span m='65610'>your</span> <span m='65820'>interest.</span> </p><p><span 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