A Horticulturist is responsible for increasing yield, improving vigor, size, and taste of plants. They also coordinate research programs for selective crops. Horticulturists must have extensive knowledge about trees, flowers, vegetables, nuts, bushes, and fruits.
What responsibilities will I have?
What education and training is required?
Post-Secondary education is beneficial but not required. An associate’s degree or equivalent or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Certifications such as a Pesticide Applicator’s License are typically preferred.
To pursue a career as a Horticulturist:
The following high school courses are recommended to prepare for a diploma program:a focus on science (particularly biology/chemistry/botany), mathematics, and computer science are also recommended.
Employed by plant and food production businesses, research firms, homeowners, and municipalities.
Future Job Market/Outlook:
With increased experience and education individuals may be able to advance to higher level management positions or as grower. If working in a laboratory setting advancement may lead to becoming a researcher or lab foreman.
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