Soil plays a critical role in supporting biodiversity and effective ecological functioning. It similarly plays a key role in water purification and acts as a sink for atmospheric carbon dioxide. It is further vital in sustaining agriculture for food and economic security. To ensure the sustained health of soil, earth and soil science provides information about its composition and quality to manage changes to soil quality due to overuse, climate change and pollution, amongst others.
Earth and soil scientists collaborate with geologists as well as agriculture and environmental engineers to discuss strategies for soil rehabilitation and conservation. They can work between the field, laboratory and office environment, deliberating soil properties and sustainable soil practices.
A vast knowledge of soil properties and the physical and human interrelationships that impact its quality is needed by earth and soil scientists. They will further benefit from:
Conduct research and perform analysis on collected soil samples
Develop and coordinate the implementation of soil management systems
Conduct environmental impact audits and make recommendations
Advise and provide support services to varied stakeholders
B.Sc.Agric., B.Sc.Agric. (Hons), M.Sc. Agric. in Soil Science at SU, UFH, UFS, UKZN, UL, Univen and UP
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons),M.Sc. in Geography specialising in Geomorphology at NMU, SU, UCT, UFH, UFS, UJ, UKZN, Univen, Unizulu, UP and Wits
National, provincial and local government.
Agricultural production and fertilizer manufacturing companies.