Major Overview

Your green thumb has inspired you to search for a career involving plants. Your bedroom window overflows with potted plants and you love nothing more than caring for plants and learning more about them. If this is the case, a major in Plant Science might be for you.

Plant Science gives you the ability to learn how to breed, cultivate, and produce agriculture plants. You also learn the process behind producing and distributing plant products. Classes in areas such as biotechnology, botany, agriculture economics, entomology, and plant pathology will provide the basis for how plants feed the general public and how to combat drought, disease and any other issues that affect plant production.

While you have the ability to major in general Plant Science, students often decide to concentrate in a certain area such as Agronomy and Crop Science, Horticultural Science, Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding, Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management, Range Science and Management.

Required Skills

Students with strong analytical and critical thinking skills would make ideal plant scientists. A lot of time is spent collecting and analyzing data through a variety of methods. Someone with a strong background in sciences, specifically biology, chemistry, and physical sciences, would be successful in this field as you work to test, genetically engineer, and maintain plants.

Although you work the typical 40-hour workweek, you don't spend too much time behind a desk. Plant Scientists are often out in the field working directly with plants or performing experiments in the lab.

Internships or summer jobs with research labs or farms provides you with experience gathering and analyzing data along with the ability to decide if this is the career path you wish to follow.

Careers

A degree in Plant Sciences opens many job opportunities for graduates. You may choose to work in research labs, farms, processing plants, or for food distributors. As a food scientist you also have the option to work for governments or research for universities and colleges.

Currently, graduates with a degree in Plant Sciences have many job prospects as they are highly sought after. This is a field that has maintained average growth and is expected to continue this trend.

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Example Careers

Here is a small sample of the careers that a degree in Plant Sciences might open up.

Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
Animal Scientists
Conservation Scientists
Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Soil and Plant Scientists
Salary data is estimated by College Factual using 2013 data provided by PayScale.
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