Plant geneticist conduct research to understand, improve or create new varieties of plants or crops. Looking at a plant’s DNA they can examine ways to improve shape, size, production level, pesticide and disease tolerance.
What responsibilities will I have?
What education and training is required?
A bachelor’s degree in biology, botany or biochemistry. Depending upon the employer and nature of the job a master’s degree or doctorate (especially if doing research or teaching) may be required.
To pursue a career as a plant geneticist:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, a focus on sciences, chemistry and biology, and mathematics.
Where can I work?
Plant geneticists can work for agricultural seed and chemical companies. Some also work in the university setting conducting research and teaching. There is also opportunity to work in the non-profit sector conducting research to benefit those in areas where it is difficult to grow plants and crops.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The job outlook for plant geneticist will be good over the next five years.
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