Botanists study many aspects of plant biology, both in the field and in the laboratory. They typically need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, and some positions require a doctoral degree.
Individuals who prefer working the outdoor and can spend hours meticulously identifying plants may be well-suited to botany field research position. While students who prefer to conduct tests and experiments on plants may prefer a laboratory position. A career in botany may involve work in the areas of agronomy, food science technology, biochemistry, forestry or horticulture. They can work for research facilities, governments, or educational services.
Botany degrees are offered at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Botanists generally need at least a bachelor’s degree in botany or biology. Depending on their size, some colleges and universities offer botany as a subfield within biology departments, while other schools house separate botany departments. Most students choose a specialty within the field, especially at the graduate level. Areas of specialization include conservation, systematics, structural botany, taxonomy, ecology and mycology.
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