Career Opportunities


Ornamental Horticulture:

  • Nurseries
  • Garden centers
  • Greenhouses
  • Floral shops
  • Groundskeeping and maintenance for golf courses, school districts, and municipalities


Environmental Soil/Water Science:

  • Soil conservationists
  • Soil scientists for federal agencies
  • Environmental consultants
  • Soil regulatory specialists
  • Soil, plant, water, and atmosphere relations (determining irrigation needs, working with biometeorologists)
  • Construction site analysis (soil analysis, sediment mapping, classification, interpretation, sampling, etc.)
  • Analyzing and determining soil quality (working with farmers, conservation, erosion prevention and restoration, soil fertility, etc.)
  • Water quality (analyzing chemicals, water analysis)
  • Waste management (analysis and transformation of agricultural and environmental pollutants in the soil-water zone)

Plant Science:

     Horticulture and Cropping Systems Emphasis:

  • Orchard, greenhouse, or nursery management
  • Golf course or parks superintendent
  • Laboratory technician
  • Supervisor or demonstrator of chemical or technical products
  • Inspector of agricultural products
  • Private businesses in irrigation equipment sales
  • Work abroad through government or philanthropic foundations to help solve world food, soil, and environmental problems
  • Garden center, seed, and chemical sales
  • Agricultural production
  • Owning or managing farm-related businesses
  • Consulting
  • Agricultural product sales
  • Government agencies

      Research Emphasis:

  • Genetic engineering
  • Agribusiness
  • Plant breeding
  • Research laboratories
  • Government agencies
  • Agriculturally oriented research companies
  • Chemical firms
  • Work abroad through government or philanthropic foundations to help solve world food, soil, and environmental problems
  • Academia

Residential Landscaping Construction & Design:

  • Working for nurseries and greenhouses
  • Owning private landscaping businesses
  • Designing gardens, lawns, and other small landscapes
  • Designing and landscaping for private residences and businesses



  • Research technicians and application engineers for
    • Consulting firms
    • Environmental instrumentation firms
    • Government research labs
  • Research associates, post-doctoral fellows, staff scientists in government laboratories, and as faculty at universities.


  • Research assistants for government agencies
  • Faculty positions at universities

Plant Science:

  • Plant breeder
  • Plant genetics
  • Fertilizer development
  • Pesticide research and development
  • Weed control
  • Weed scientist
  • Consulting scientist
  • Plant disease control
  • Research and development
  • Sales
  • Manage operations for large farms

Soil Science:

  • Soil scientists with government agencies
  • Conservation
  • Land management
  • Soil testing
  • Soil fertility research
  • Fertilizer development
  • Monitoring and remedying environmental pollution in soil and water
  • Environmental consultants
  • Fertilizer retail
  • Irrigation system design
  • Waste management
  • Mine land reclamation


  • Pharmaceutical research (often working for government regulatory agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Public health (industrial hygienists working to reduce workplace exposure)
  • Mining industries (reducing environmental impacts of mine waste)
  • Environmental remediation (stabilizing polluted sites)
  • Professor, academia

Master of Professional Studies in Horticulture (MPSH):

  • Water conservation programs with federal agencies, cities, counties, or water districts
  • Manager of water conservation gardens
  • Water conservation specialist
  • Garden directors
  • Working for Extension as county agents
  • Aid with water-efficient irrigation planning
  • Landscape construction, maintenance, and design

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