What work activities are done by Soil and Plant Scientists?

Based on survey data, Soil and Plant Scientists work activities typically include the following:

  • Analyzing Data or Information: 94% of the time. Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Processing Information: 92% of the time. Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: 92% of the time. Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Getting Information: 91% of the time. Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Interacting With Computers: 90% of the time. Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Documenting/Recording Information: 88% of the time. Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: 87% of the time. Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: 87% of the time. Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: 86% of the time. Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems: 86% of the time. Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others: 84% of the time. Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: 82% of the time. Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Thinking Creatively: 80% of the time. Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information: 79% of the time. Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: 79% of the time. Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities: 78% of the time. Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies: 74% of the time. Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: 74% of the time. Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Training and Teaching Others: 73% of the time. Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources: 71% of the time. Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others: 69% of the time. Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates: 68% of the time. Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Developing and Building Teams: 68% of the time. Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People: 68% of the time. Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards: 67% of the time. Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others: 67% of the time. Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Coaching and Developing Others: 64% of the time. Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
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