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Agricultural Scientists

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Certification is not required for most agricultural scientist careers but can improve a candidate's chances of landing a job. The American Society of Agronomy certifies agronomists and crop advisers, the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists certifies animal scientists, and the Soil Science Society of America certifies soil scientists and soil classifiers. In general, requirements include meeting a minimum education level and having a certain amount of work experience (for example, a bachelor's degree and five years of work experience or a master's degree and three years of experience), passing an exam, and having appropriate references. Recertification requirements typically include:

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