Agronomist, Agriculture Scientist

Minimum ? Preferably Bachelor?s degree in Agriculture

Minimum 1 ? 5 years of work experience in related field

The tasks an Agronomist is expected to perform include:

Developing improved methods or products for controlling or eliminating weeds, crop diseases, insect pests, etc.

Conducting experiments to develop new or improved varieties of field crops, focusing on characteristics such as yield, quality, disease resistance, nutritional value, adaptation to specific soils or climates, etc.

Conducting research to determine best methods of planting, spraying, cultivating, harvesting, storing, processing or transporting the produce

Studying problems relating to field crop culture

Analyzing research results and formulating crop rotation, cropping pattern, manure application schedules, water requirements of crops, irrigation practices, etc., for improving production

Conducting different physiological experiments on crops in glass houses under controlled conditions and suggesting improvement

Communicating research or project results to other people

Skilled in agronomy research and development

Proficient in handling large amount of data

Knowledge of computer programmes and data analysis techniques

Aware of similar research work done in the past

Ability to incorporate the research work of other scientists in their own work

Efficient in presenting the results of their work to farmers and colleagues

Proficient in English language

Knowledge of scientific rules and methods to solve problems

Familiar with product engineering, equipment research and designing

Knowledge of herbicides and agricultural chemicals, etc.Knowledge of agricultural equipment

Ability to prepare clear/accurate activity reports and presentations

Master?s or Ph

D in Agronomy

Manual dexterity

Attention to detail

Ability to work independently

Team player

Analytic thinker

Hardworking and persistent



It is a field job

Work from home is not applicable

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

May require supervising a team

Local travelling maybe part of the job

Working hours

Working is 9 hours every day for 6 days a week

Overtime may be available

Shift system may be available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?Yes

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous

Health risks include exposure to extreme weather conditions, pesticides, fertilisers, chemicals, etc.Occupational hazards include accidents like burns and injury to body from using sharp tools, etc.

For freshers - INR 8,000 to INR 24,000 per monthFor candidates with experience ? INR 26,00 to INR 85,000 per month(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Importance of Research in Agriculture Sector in India

According to a report published by ICAR, Government of India, the food demanded globally is expected to double by 2050, while the resources are continuously shrinking. To increase food production per hectare of the yield, heads of the governments during the World Food Summit 2008, had reaffirmed the commitment to address challenges of high food prices, climate change and bio-energy. Role of agricultural research, policy support and institutional innovations were cited for reshaping agriculture to meet future demand for food and to eliminate hunger. Research and development focus along with institutional framework and policy support needs to match emerging agricultural scenario of the country.

The ICAR has played a pioneering role in ushering Green Revolution and subsequent developments in agriculture in India through its research and technology development that has enabled the country to increase the production of food grains by 5 times, horticultural crops by 9.5 times, fish by 12.5 times, milk 7.8 times and eggs 39 times since 1951 to 2014, thus making a visible impact on the national food and nutritional security. All this was only possible because of the scientific experiments in the field of agriculture.

The growing awareness about the importance of agriculture scientists in the country and abroad will ensure good opportunities for Agronomists.

Agriculture co-operative organizations

Government research institutes


Farm owners Private research companies

Job openings are in Tier I, Tier II and Tier III cities