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Jobs in the Plant Sciences
Employment security within many industries often undergoes frequent and dramatic changes as consumer preferences change and as world events take unexpected turns. Nevertheless, employment security within industries associated with the growth of plants remains stable because humans still require food and seek a quality environment. Plants remain the foundation for these outputs.
Please don’t get me wrong! Being an effective plant scientist is complicated and our faculty must study new developments each and every day to be effective instructors. Each of our plant science disciplines of plant pathology, agronomy, horticulture, weed science, and plant genetics, not to mention establishing vegetation on reclaimed land, requires a constant commitment to the various scientific disciplines that involve plants.
You may remember the ‘Jetsons’ cartoon show and its meal-maker device. Or more recently, you may have read about a company called Natural Machines (headquartered in Barcelona) that has manufactured a 3-D printer called “Foodini” which kicks out various menu selections. As cool as this may be, real plant and animal products are still required for “Foodini” to strut its stuff. That means nearly all of our meals, rely on crops grown from within an agricultural setting and that is where we come in.
To acquire training in any facet of plant science, we offer courses in Agroecology and Plant Sciences that will teach you all angles of plant culture and prepare you to land a rewarding job. One downside though, some companies want to hire our students before they graduate. In fact, the other day a third-year student came to me and told me about his four job offers but he has decided to complete his B.S. and launch his career next year.
Many students struggle with financing their education but the nature of our discipline makes that a hurdle easy to overcome. Scholarship opportunities abound within our college. Also, our faculty offer part-time job opportunities on campus or at our research and extension centers. These student job opportunities provide in-depth research experiences that augment the hands-on exercises that our conventional courses are well known for. So, if employment security and a meaningful career sound good to you, check us out. You won’t be disappointed.
Jim HeitholtCrop Physiologist and Head
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