Nematologist

Nematologist

A nematologist specifically studies nematodes and their interaction with plants. Nematodes are microscopic roundworms that can transmit diseases and/or attack soil, water and insects. Nematologists develop methods and apparatuses for securing representative soil samples containing nematodes, as well as for isolating, mounting, counting and identifying specimens.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Develop methods for securing soil samples containing nematodes
  • Develop apparatuses for identifying specimens
  • Investigate pest management and control measures
  • Develop microbial nematicide products
  • Determine the mode (method) of action of nematicides
  • Monitor literature and maintain academic and industry contacts
  • Contribute to the writing of patents, grants and collaborative research agreements
  • Maintain an accurate and up-to-date account of experimental results
  • Maintain a high level of scientific skills and knowledge
  • Supervise lab assistants and interns
  • Provide expertise and research learnings about nematodes to farmers
  • Look at potential nematode-resistant genes¬†
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, horticulture, mathematics, biology, chemistry and environmental sciences.
Education/Training Required: 
A variety of undergraduate degrees are acceptable for a future as a nematologist, including biology, entomology or ecology.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
The work environment of a nematologist can be in a laboratory, greenhouse and field. Universities, agricultural seed and chemical companies and government agencies hire nematologists.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • Soil Science Society of America
  • Entomological Association of America¬†
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$67,000
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