Learn about the types of people who become soil and plant scientists. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


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Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2023

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a soil and plant scientist. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming soil and plant scientists at a ratio of 1.68 to 1.

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Actual Gender Mix, 2023

48% of soil and plant scientists are female and 52% are male.

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Gender Bias, 2023

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a soil and plant scientist and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a soil and plant scientist and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more men interested in becoming a soil and plant scientist than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.

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Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of soil and plant scientists are White, making up 63% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and Other, making up 16% and 12% respectively.