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What Can You do With a Masters Degree in Botany??


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  • A variety of careers is available to persons with advanced degrees in Botany or Microbiology. Employment may be with biological supply houses, pharmaceutical companies, industries, state and federal, agencies and research institutes. Microbiologists in the medical fields are frequently employed in clinical, diagnostic laboratories and medical research institutes. Increasing employment opportunities are becoming available in the biotechnology industry for persons trained in both Botany and Microbiology.
  • Graduate programs in Botany focus on a wide range of areas, including plant genomics and bioinformatics, weed ecology and molecular biology. Graduates with a masters (MS) or PhD in botany may pursue careers in such diverse fields as horticulturists, biochemists, research ecologists and more.
  • Teachers
  • Researchers
  • Park Naturalists


Obtain a Ph.D. for teaching and advanced research positions. Conduct undergraduate research with professors to gain experience. Apply for undergraduate research fellowships or other student research programs. Maintain a high grade point average and develop good references in preparation for graduate school. Develop excellent computer skills. Join related professional associations. Read scientific journals or articles to stay abreast of current research. Learn federal and state government job application process.

  • Agronomist
  • Botanist
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Cooperative Extension Agent
  • Crop Physiologist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Health Educator
  • Food Buyer
  • Food & Drug Inspector
  • Food Technologist
  • Forest Engineer
  • Forester
  • Horticulturist
  • Irrigation Engineer
  • Journalist
  • Landscape Architect
  • Natural Resources Mgr
  • Naturalist
  • Patent Specialist
  • Pest Control
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Physician
  • Plant Geneticist
  • Research Assistant
  • Public Health Administrator
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Plant Quarantine Specialist
  • Sales Representative
  • Scientific Librarian
  • Taxonomist
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Technical Writer

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Plant Biology

  • Research organizations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Museums
  • Botanical gardens and arboretums
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture branches including Medical Plant Resources Laboratory, Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, National Arboretum, U.S. Forest Service
  • Federal agencies including Departments of Interior and State, U.S. Public Health Service, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Smithsonian Institution, and Environmental Protection Agency
  • State agencies
  • Environmental and biotechnical regulatory agencies
  • Ecological consulting companies
  • Industries including petrochemical, chemical, and lumber and paper
  • Companies including pharmaceutical, food, seed and nursery, fruit growers, biological supply houses, and biotechnology firms

Applied Plant Science

  • Colleges and universities
  • Research organizations
  • Agriculture industry including lumber and paper, seed and nursery, fruit and vegetable growers, fermentation, food industry, and biological supply houses
  • Biotechnology firms


  • Law firms with environmental focus
  • Government agencies and regulatory agencies
  • Biotechnical regulatory firms or agencies

Organismic Specialties

  • Colleges and universities
  • Research organizations
  • Federal and state government laboratories including Agriculture, Health, etc.
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Food and beverage industries including brewing and fermentation
  • Hospitals
  • Related industries


  • Public and private high schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Museums, botanical gardens and herbaria


  • Publishing companies including newspapers,
    magazines, books, and textbooks
  • Professional associations
  • Scientific and educational software companies
  • Non-profit organizations


  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Seed companies
  • Biotechnology firms
  • Scientific publishers
  • Biological supply houses

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