A plant biologist specializes in topics such as plant breeding or genetics; they conduct and support research of plant production.
What responsibilities will I have?
What education and training is required?
Typically plant biologists obtain an undergraduate or graduate degree in botany, horticulture, plant pathology, weed science or agronomy. A pesticide applicator’s license is also helpful.
To pursue a career as a plant biologist:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and foreign language.
Where can I work?
Plant biologists can work in a wide variety of settings from the laboratory to the field with both small and large biotechnology companies as well as universities, state and government agencies.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The future outlook for a plant biologist will be good over the next five years.
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