Plant Scientist

Career Overview

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.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$38,000 /yr
$68,000 /yr
$112,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Environmental science
  • Science - as much as possible, including chemistry and biology!
Work Environment

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.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks fair over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada