Botanists study all different aspects of plant life, from cellular structure to reproduction, to how plants are distributed, to how rainfall or other conditions affect them, and more. Botany is an integral part of modern science and industry, with diverse applications in agriculture, agronomy (soil and crop science), conservation, manufacturing, forestry, horticulture, and other areas. Botanists work for the government, in research and teaching institutions, and for private industry. The primary task of botanists is research and applied research. Nonresearch jobs in testing and inspection, or as lab technicians/technical assistants, also are available. Botany is an extremely diverse field with many specialties. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are approximately 13,160 plant and soil scientists, including botanists, employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Study different aspects of plant life such as cell structure, heredity, reproduction, and anatomy
Alternate Title(s) Ethnobotanists, Forensic Botanists, Forest Ecologists, Mycologists
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
Experience Internship, volunteering, or a part-time job
  • Computer
  • Research
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Scientific
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • College Professor, or Supervisor, or Head of Research Project
  • Botanist
  • Technical Assistant or Lab Technician

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