Horticulture Science Professor

Teach university students about horticulture.

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$42,000 – $129,000

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What do Horticulture Science Professors do?

As a skilled Horticulture Science Professor, you are concerned with understanding, and at times altering, the life and appearance of plants. The work you perform as a Horticulture Science Professor is both a science and a work of art. You might create a plant that withstands cold temperatures – the science and research factor – and still looks pleasing to the eye (the artistic angle).

As a Horticulture Science Professor, you both perform original research in this field, and spread your knowledge to others. This means that one day you research and grow new types of richly colored flowers, while the next day you’ll spend teaching students about the dangers of powdery mildew. You balance your passion for plants with a love of spreading knowledge.

During the day you teach your students the skills they need to do jobs involving horticulture. They’ll need to understand landscape design, plant care, and restoration horticulture – repairing damaged plants – to name a few popular subjects.

Beyond the classroom you conduct your own research on plant types. You take notes on your findings. You cross-breed flowers and record the results. And, when you’re finished, you produce new plants with carefully chosen characteristics – a resistance to a particularly nasty pest, for example.

Plants are the fashion divas of the natural world. They display intricate patterns and vivid colors across their petals. It’s your job to teach others how this beautiful world grows and what it needs to survive.

Should I be a Horticulture Science Professor?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Commercial Horticulture Instructor, Greenhouse Instructor, Horticulture Instructor, Horticulture Teacher See More

    How to Become a
    Horticulture Science Professor

    Most Horticulture Science Professors have a Doctorate or a Master's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaagd9&chl=|||bachelor%27s+%289%25%29|master%27s+%285%25%29|doctorate+%2885%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,85
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