Plant Science

Student in Greenhouse

About the Major

In the Plant Science major, students learn about conventional large-scale farming, organic agriculture, new sustainable production practices, medicinal plants, greenhouse management, and turf and lawn management.

You'll do all this in the classroom, online, in greenhouses, in the field, and possibly through study abroad.

Study Plant Science

Career Outcomes

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Where do students work after graduation?

Where do students work after graduation?

Job titles and employers for graduates reported within 6 months of graduation
Job Title Employer
Arborist Brat Tree Co
Assistant Grower Living Greens Farm
Associate Syngenta
Bio-hazard Technician Assured Decontamination Services
Farm Manager Scott Buboltz, Jeff Buboltz
Graduate Research Assistant Texas A&M University
Grounds Crew White Bear Yacht Club
Lab Technician Danforth Plant Science Center
Lab Technician University of Minnesota
Lead Gardener Bachman's
Plant Breeding Assistant Betaseed
Plant Pathology Technician Kelly Services
Plant Science Intern Disney
Regional Account Lead AgXplore
Research Assistant HM Clause
Research Technician KWS Group
Research Technician University of Minnesota
Researcher University of Minnesota
Researcher University of Minnesota
Sales Rep Gardenworld, Inc
Sales Representative Bachman's Inc.
Teen Garden Crew Supervisor Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Turfgrass Management Intern Trinity Forest Golf Club

Where do students continue education after graduation?

Where do students continue education after graduation?

Programs and schools students enrolled in after graduation
Program School
Agronomy Texas A&M University
Agronomy University of Wisconsin
Applied Plant Sciences University of Minnesota
Applied Plant Sciences University of Minnesota
Applied Plant Sciences University of Minnesota
Biology New York University
Crop Science North Carolina State University
Crops & Soil Michigan State University
Data Science Northwestern University
Entrepreneurship Southern New Hampshire University
Landscape & Atmospheric Sciences University of Minnesota
Law University of Minnesota
Pharmacy University of Minnesota
Plant Breeding/Molecular Genetics University of Minnesota
Plant Pathology University of Minnesota
Plant Pathology Cornell University
Plant Pathology University of Minnesota
Plant Science University of Minnesota
Plant Sciences North Dakota State University
Plant Sciences University of East Anglia
Soil Science University of the Philippines - Los Banos
Teaching Licensure Iteach Network

Where students interned and gained experience during school

Where are alumni 5 years after graduation?

Where are alumni 5 years after graduation?

Sampling of job titles and employers 5 years after graduation
Job Title Employer
Founder Reaching Roots
Graduate Reseacher University of Washington
Operations Technician Cargill
Senior Midwest Regional Manager Moishe House
Vice-chair of Graduate Student Committee The American Phytopathological Society

Where are alumni 10 years after graduation?

Where are alumni 10 years after graduation?

Sampling of job titles and employers 10 years after graduation
Job Title Employer
Assistant Extension Professor University of Minnesota- Mankato
Botanist and Restoration Ecologist Independet Contractor
Founder Mississippi Mushrooms LLC
Territory Manger Corteva Argiscience

Full outcomes report including salary, locations, satisfaction, and more

Common Entry-Level Job Titles

  • Agronomist
  • Greenhouse Manager
  • Horticulturist
  • Plant Biologist
  • Plant Researcher
  • Sales Representative
  • Turfgrass Manager

Top Employers

  • Bachman's
  • Betaseed
  • Living Greens Farm
  • Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
  • Syngenta
  • University of Minnesota

Types of Employers

  • Agricultural businesses
  • Arboretums
  • Environmental agencies
  • Golf courses
  • Government agencies
  • Greenhouses/Nurseries
  • Seed companies
  • Universities and colleges

Additional Resources

In addition to these resources we recommend the following strategies to locate more information about careers related to your major:

  • O*NET and Careerwise. These tools provide comprehensive information about a wide range of careers including typical duties, salaries, employment outlook, skills and interests.
  • Locate professional associations related to your major or career interests by conducting a Google Search on “(Name of major/career area/industry) professional associations.” Try these keywords: plant science, horticulture, greenhouse, turf, agronomy, arboriculture, plant production, floriculture, plant pathology, seed.
  • Get involved in one of the many industry-related student groups on campus. These groups provide links to experiences, guest speakers, and discussion with like-minded students.
  • Study Abroad Information for Plant Science