Horticulturists specialize in growing plants and flowers and are often referred to as having a “green thumb.” They work and do research in the cultivation of plants flowers shrubs berries and trees although their main focus is usually on determining the best conditions and treatment for growing plants and flowers. The website www.thejobexplorer.com says that they perform such tasks as providing professional advice on how to select order and plant trees shrubs and ground covers on various types of property planning and designing annual and perennial flower beds employing methods to control plant diseases and insects and determining what type of fertilizers are needed for various kinds of plants. According to the website www.ehow.com horticulturists need a bachelor’s degree in horticulture or plant science including courses in biology chemistry math genetics physiology and computer science. However a master’s degree or doctoral degree will make for greater employment opportunities. Horticulturists work for the government for universities or for other industries. They can work in offices labs nurseries greenhouses or out in the field. In nurseries or greenhouses they undertake such tasks as training and supervising personnel on how to care for the plants maintaining records on all plants and preparing orders for plants and seeds. They may also be asked to consult with landscape architects. Job opportunities for horticulturists are good but pay depends on employer location and experience. Entry-level horticulturists earn annual salaries between approximately $27000 and $40000 but those with 20 years of experience can earn between $39000 and $59000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $43000
High Salary: $59000
Low Salary: $27000
Tasks: Plans and designs flower beds.
Prepares soil for plants and flowers.
Grows plants for pots and transplanting into the ground.
Preparation of maintenance programs for the control of plant diseases and insects.
Also Called: Arboriculturist
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