Precision Agriculture Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts

Applies geospatial technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS), to agricultural production or management activities, such as pest scouting, site-specific pesticide application, yield mapping, or variable-rate irrigation. May use computers to develop or analyze maps or remote sensing images to compare physical topography with data on soils, fertilizer, pests, or weather.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Science and Mathematics pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Collects information about soil or field attributes, yield data, or field boundaries, using field data recorders and basic geographic information systems (GIS).
  • Creates, layers, and analyzes maps showing precision agricultural data, such as crop yields, soil characteristics, input applications, terrain, drainage patterns, or field management history.
  • Documents and maintains records of precision agriculture information.
  • Compiles and analyzes geospatial data to determine agricultural implications of factors such as soil quality, terrain, field productivity, fertilizers, and weather conditions.
  • Divides agricultural fields into georeferenced zones, based on soil characteristics and production potentials.
  • Develops soil sampling grids or identifies sampling sites, using geospatial technology, for soil testing on characteristics such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium content, pH, and micronutrients.
  • Compares crop yield maps with maps of soil test data, chemical application patterns, or other information to develop site-specific crop management plans.
  • Applies knowledge of government regulations when making agricultural recommendations.
  • Draws or reads maps, such as soil, contour, or plat maps.
  • Recommends best crop varieties or seeding rates for specific field areas, based on analysis of geospatial data.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Crop Specialist --
  • Independent Crop Consultant --
  • Nutrient Management Specialist --
  • Physical Scientist -- Specializes in sciences that do not deal with living organisms such as physics, chemistry, astronomy and geology.
  • Precision Agriculture Specialist --
  • Precision Agronomist --
  • Precision Farming Coordinator --
  • Regional Agronomist --
  • Research Agricultural Engineer --
  • Soil Fertility Specialist --