Plant Science
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Careers

Noah Sokol

Noah Sokol

Studying plant biology at the University of Guelph has allowed me to take a diverse array of courses in the plant sciences, ranging from anatomy, physiology and horticulture, to molecular biology and genetics. It is this range of courses, as well as the opportunities to interact with professors directly and carry out independent research projects, that has given me a solid foundation in plant biology and opened up doors for many possible career paths.

Greg Baute

Greg Baute

Having grown up on a seed farm, I have always been curious about the mechanisms involved in a plants life cycle and in my mind there was never really any option other than Guelph. UofG has some of the best resources, researchers and professors in the field. I now have a deep understanding of the mechanisms that are so vital to life on this planet. One of my most beneficial experiences was conducting a research project where I gained tools that will be of immeasurable valuable in my future, especially in graduate work. The Plant Science program at Guelph is an excellent option.

Natalie Dunn

Natalie Dunn

Plant Biotechnology

I choose the University of Guelph for its expertise in agriculture and plant research, and because it is a friendly medium-size campus. First-year courses are general but throughout the years my course selection became much more specialized to various aspects of plants, and I enjoyed the low student/faculty ratios in these classes. In my third year, I did a work-study term where I assisted in research on nitrogen-efficient growth in rice. There are many interesting sites to visit on campus as wells as a number of clubs to join such as the Botany club.

Sample Careers with Plant Science

Applied Plant Science

  • Agronomist
  • Crop Production Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Extension Specialist
  • Government Regulator
  • Graduate Student
  • Greenhouse Manager
  • Grower
  • Horticulturalist
  • Pest Management Advisor
  • Research Technician
  • Sales Representative/ Manager
  • Turfgrass Specialist/Golf Course Manager

Botany

  • Conservation Biologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Ethnobotanist
  • Graduate Student
  • Government Regulator
  • Policy Developer
  • Research Technician

Plant Biotechnology

  • Government Regulator/Specialist
  • Graduate Student
  • Product Development and Bio-safety Testing 
  • Research Technician
  • Scientist in Government
  • Scientist in the Biotechnology and Agri-food Industries

Plant Environmental Sciences

  • Conservation Biologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Field Botanist
  • Government Biologist
  • Graduate Student
  • Invasive species Biologist
  • Park Naturalist
  • Rare and Endangered Species Biologist
  • Research Technician
  • Restoration Specialist
  • Wetland/Forest Ecologist