Botany is a branch of biology and is the scientific study of plants, whether in a living or in a fossil state. It investigates the structure, growth, functions, arrangement and classification of plants. The study covers all of the stages involved in the life of a plant: examining it in its earliest state of development and following it through all its stages of progress until it attains maturity.

POSSIBLE EMPLOYERS

  • Research organizations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Museums
  • Botanical gardens
  • Environmental and biotechnical regulatory agencies
  • Ecological consulting companies
  • Industries including petrochemical, chemical, and lumber and paper
  • Companies including pharmaceutical, food, seed and nursery
  • biotechnology firms

MAJOR JOB TITLES

  • Botanist
  • Plant explorer
  • Horticulturists
  • Ecologist
  • Molecular biologists
  • Environment consultant
  • Lecturer

GOVERNMENT JOBS FOR GRADUATES

  • National Park Service
  • Departments of Conservation and Land Management
  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services
  • Public Health Service
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Forest Service
  • Research centers
  • Environmental consultancy
  • Universities and colleges

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