Plant scientists conduct research related to every aspect of growing plants including the production and management of crops, their growth in various soils, and the control of bugs.
A four-year bachelor's degree in plant science, botany, environmental science, or a related field is necessary to obtain this position. A higher degree (master's or doctorate) in a related field, which may take an additional two-five years to earn, would be more valuable.
The job outlook for this position looks fair over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.
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Plant scientists work in research for industries or academics, health industries (such as pharmaceutical research laboratories), or with a variety of private companies or government agencies. They can also work in food industries, crop protection companies, or for environmental protection agencies.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
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