- Find ways to make crops better and safely control pests and weeds
- Learn how to protect natural resources and keep the environment healthy
- Study plant diseases and help plants produce more food and stay healthy
- Do research and use plants to make new drugs and related products
- Work for the government, colleges and universities, agricultural research stations, commercial research labs, seed companies, drug companies, wholesale distributors, food products companies, and as consultants
- Work with all kinds of plants and seeds, plant soil, chemicals, fertilizers, lab equipment, plant diseases, and pests
Salary, Size & Growth
- $59,000 average per year ($28.25 per hour)
- A small occupation (12,100 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.5% per year)
- Minimum for Entry: A 4-year degree in agriculture
- Employers Prefer: A Ph.D. degree in plant science
- Skills/Courses: College courses include computer science, math, physics, chemistry, plant pathology, soil chemistry, entomology, plant physiology, and biochemistry.
- Certification/Licensing: Certifications are available.