Meet Kevin Robson, a technical development specialist with BASF.
Kevin recently moved from Ontario because of the opportunities in Saskatchewan’s growing agriculture industry. When he was finished high school Kevin knew he wanted to pursue a career in either chemical engineering or agriculture – he now knows he chose the better of the two options. He went on to pursue a bachelor of science in agriculture and later a masters of sciences, both from the University of Guelph. While in university, Kevin was employed as a summer research assistant with BASF and then Monsanto. He also sat on the Student Federation of the Ontario Agriculture College as chairperson and then president and took advantage of as many networking opportunities as he could. This work experience played a major role in helping to secure a good job when he finished university. Once he completed his studies, Kevin searched for full-time work, leading him to a position with BASF in Saskatchewan.
Kevin works as a Technical Development Specialist with BASF, one of the world’s leading crop protection companies. His main role is technology transfer – moving information and products from the researcher who created them to the farmer who will use them. Kevin functions as the middleman between the research team, the marketing and sales staff and the producer, providing technical training on new products and support as needed. For example, if there are questions about product application, he works with the producer and the researchers at BASF to find a solution.
Kevin is assigned to the North Region of the province from Carrot River to Swift Current so he gets to travel a lot, and every day is different depending on the type of crop and the producer’s needs.
Kevin believes the perks of working in agriculture are obvious. It is an exciting, growing industry, with plenty of opportunities. He has found the industry, and his employer, to emphasize professional development. BASF is currently supporting Kevin as he pursues his professional agrologist designation and takes a certified crop science consultant course through the University of Saskatchewan.
Other careers in Agronomy: Soil Conservationist, Crop Inspector, Rangeland Manager, Fertilizer Specialist, Soil Chemist and many more.
Where to take courses: University of Saskatchewan and Regional Colleges.
Average Yearly Salary Range: $69,617*
Job Prospects: Average
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*All salaries based on the 2013 Saskatchewan Wage Survey Report