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Plant Systems and Plant Science

Professionals in plant science study the growth and development of plants with an eye toward improving their health and nutritional value.

They help farmers and field specialists improve their crop yield and productivity. While it is difficult to say exactly how much demand will increase for plant systems specialists, job outlook for workers in this field is expected to grow faster than average compared to all other career paths. Several factors will contribute to demand for workers, including the changing nutritional demands of the world’s growing population, the need to manage natural resources to meet those needs efficiently, the push for crops that require less fertilizer (such as pest resistant plant species), and the innovation and production of new biotechnology. All of these factors and more will create job opportunities for professionals in plant systems.

Jobs in this field include horticulturists, agronomists, field and crop specialists, and water and soil management experts. These professionals tend to work directly in outdoor environments with plant life. This career area also includes research positions such as plant geneticists and laboratory experts who work in genetic engineering of plant species. Whether you prefer working behind a microscope, in a production facility, or out in the field with plant life, there are diverse work opportunities of all varieties in this growing career area.

Sample career videos

Molecular biology and research

Are you interested in science, research, development or all of the above? Learn about various areas of study and career paths that are available through The Ohio State University’s OARDC.


Watch this video to learn about careers with DuPont Pioneer! Matt Stroud, Product Agronomist and Rebekah Peck, Communications Manager talk about their careers with DuPont Pioneer.

Careers in Plant Systems and Plant Science

  • Agronomist
  • Biochemist
  • Biotechnology Production (producer)
  • Biotechnology Researcher
  • Cell Culture Technician
  • Chemist
  • Educator
  • Engineer
  • Farmer/Rancher
  • Fruit and vegetable grower
  • Golf Course Manager
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Marketing Manager
  • Microbiologist
  • Nursery/greenhouse manager
  • Plant Biologist
  • Plant Geneticist
  • Soil and Water Specialist

Want to know what knowledge, skills and academic courses are needed for this career pathway?

E-learning modules

Visit GrowNextGen E-learning for a full listing of e-learning courses or modules. Try one of these modules:

  • Soybeans 101
  • Water Quality
  • Modern Agriculture Practices



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