There are currently an estimated 19,900 soil and plant scientists in the United States. The soil and plant scientist job market is expected to grow by 9.0% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are soil and plant scientists?

CareerExplorer rates soil and plant scientists with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 9,100 soil and plant scientists. That number is based on 1,800 additional soil and plant scientists, and the retirement of 7,300 existing soil and plant scientists.

What’s the supply of soil and plant scientists?

The soil and plant scientist industry is concentrated in California, Iowa, North Carolina

Soil and Plant Scientist job market by state

State Name Employed Soil and Plant Scientists
California 2,220
Iowa 1,170
North Carolina 920
Minnesota 870
Texas 780
Nebraska 570
Oregon 550
Kansas 540
South Dakota 510
Wisconsin 500
Illinois 440
Washington 420
Missouri 410
Colorado 340
North Dakota 310
Maryland 240
Georgia 230
Puerto Rico 220
Michigan 220
Arizona 210
Florida 210
Ohio 180
Idaho 180
Pennsylvania 180
Oklahoma 170
Indiana 150
New York 140
Montana 140
Virginia 130
Delaware 100
Tennessee 100
Hawaii 90
Connecticut 90
Mississippi 90
Louisiana 80
Kentucky 70
New Jersey 60
District of Columbia 60
Utah 60
New Mexico 50
Maine 40
Nevada 40
Arkansas 40
Massachusetts 30
Alabama 30
New Hampshire 30