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Botany Jobs

This area examines botany job opportunities including employing industries and experienced usually required for positions.

Types of Botany Jobs

There are a variety of jobs awaiting students graduating in the field botany from university/college, as well as opportunities for existing botany related workers in the industry. As within all fields, their will always be opportunities in entry-level positions and management/research positions for the more experienced. The following example provides an insight in what qualifications could be necessary for positions in general.

  • High School Botany teacher
  • Botanist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Park Ranger
  • Plant Pathologist
  • Ecologist
  • Professor/Teacher
  • Farming Consultant
  • Researcher
  • Horticulturist
  • Nursery Manager
  • Qualification basics for Jobs

    The field of botany is a specialist science in the study of plants, bachelor degree minimums are standard and further study can lead to higher opportunities as it so happens with most science fields. For an insight on what is involved in a botany degree look at botany degree section in UniXL. In general:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Botany is the standard form of qualification for this field, it allows graduates to be employed into entry level positions such as laboratory technician or assistant positions in education, industry, government and environmental organizations.

  • A Bachelor's degree in Botany with Honours usually involves a honours project which is looked upon quite favourably as it considered relevant experiences by many industries being taught various techniques and processes, it is easier to find entry level positions with honours versus standard degree.

  • Master's degree in Botany considered more favourable then a degree or honours as it is considered postgraduate officially and provide more opportunities including assistant positions in universities/colleges , research positions as well as administrative positions.

  • Ph.D. in Botany would be considered experts as they have attained a level of study that provides highly specialised job opportunities including independent research, college teaching, and many other higher level positions.

  • What work do some botanists do?

    The field of botany is very broad, with many different opportunities available from one industry to another. As highlighted below there are many different opportunities available in the field of botany.

  • Government agency measuring toxicity in environment in relation plants, measuring toxicities affect on nature.
  • In Laboratories some botanists will do experiments to discover how different plants grow under different conditions.
  • Some Botanists will perform experiments in relation to plants converting simple chemical compounds into more complex chemicals and seeking explanations.
  • Botany explorers seek new species.
  • Administration work in biotechnology organization.
  • Teaching Students basics of botany in high schools through field of biology.
  • Researching plant development and its relation to DNA
  • Write journal articles for Botanical Association of America about the various fauna and flora.
  • Botany tips for students

    Students should begin on focusing on job opportunity possibilities during their degree not at the end of it, planning is important as graduate jobs can only be attained by increasing your marketability through good grades, internships and relevant work experience. By obtaining relevant ‘hands on’ part-time positions, volunteer, internships, work experience with organizations in the field increases your chances of a graduate position success.

    While most botany graduates wish to seek work after graduating, students who may seek to study further whether in honors, masters or PHD will increase not only their knowledge but chances of employment.

    It is also not necessary to follow a botany career path if students wish to follow another direction. There are many skills from studying and working in botany that can be attributed to many other science fields and will assist in transition.

    Employers of Botanists

    It is generally considered the major employers of botanists to be educational institutions, governments, and environmental related industries. The following lists are some of the types of employers that students graduating with degrees in botany should consider.

    Private Sector

  • Drug Companies
  • Nurseries
  • Biotechnology Firms
  • Food Companies
  • Oil Industry
  • Fruit Growers
  • Seed Companies
  • Chemical Companies
  • Lumber/Paper Companies
  • Biological Supply Houses

  • Government (Federal, State, County, Municipal)

  • National Park Service
  • Departments of Environmental Protection
  • Departments of Conservation and Land Management
  • Departments of Agriculture and Water)
  • Animal & Plant Health Inspection Services
  • Nature Conservancy
  • Public Health Service
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Smithsonian Institute
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Medical Plant Resources Laboratory
  • U.S. Department of the Interior
  • U.S. Forest Service

  • Educational and Associations

  • Universities
  • Colleges
  • High Schools
  • Research departments at Universities
  • Associations (Botanical Association of America)