Crop technician

Crop technician

“Optimising crop/plant yields, while maintaining and improving the surrounding environment”

As a crop technician, you’ll be responsible for optimising crop or plant yields through establishment, management, harvest and post-harvest operations, while maintaining and improving the surrounding environment. You’ll also need to keep up to date with technological advances and new innovations. Being a crop technician requires self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and as a team player to complete tasks safely and efficiently. Many companies now use automation for a number of routine tasks. Work in soil-based systems involves operating large, technically advanced machinery in the open fields. Crop technicians working in container-based systems may work outside, but for many, the majority of work will be in controlled environments.

Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: Science and geography

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £22,000 per annum