Develop a new strain of corn. Triple crop yields. Research disease-resistance. If this sounds exciting, you may enjoy a career as a plant scientist.
Plant scientists perform research in the breeding, health, nutritional value, production, yield and management of crops and agricultural plants, trees, shrubs or ornamentals.
A career as an agroecology specialist usually entails:
To work in this field, you need to have a good grasp of plant biology, soil science, mathematics and research best practices. You will be expected to know how to propose, plan, execute, analyse and document research projects.
Those working in plant scientist positions earn a state median salary of $64,140 (as of 2016).
Job opportunities in the industry are growing at a rate of 5-8%, with North Carolina leading the way with a job opportunity growth rate of 16.2%.
Plant scientist positions require a bachelor’s degree. Approximately a quarter require a master’s degree, and close to 15% require a doctoral degree.
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There are many different types of plant scientist jobs to choose from. The following are just a few of the common job titles graduates qualify for:
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