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Employment for plant and soil scientists, including botanists, is expected to increase about as fast as the average through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Botanists will be needed to help meet growing environmental, conservation, pharmaceutical, and similar demands. Employment opportunities with state and local government agencies should remain good, but will depend in part on the continued health of the national economy. Employment at the federal level will decline by about 10 percent through 2020. Federal budget cuts will jeopardize some projects and positions. Employment will be best for those with an advanced degree.
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