Plant Biologist

Average Salary
Degree Requirements
Bachelor's Degree

A plant biologist knows plants and their life cycle better than they know themselves. They use that knowledge to maximize, protect and manage crops and agricultural plants and trees. Starting from the root—literally, with expertise in soil and pests—plant biologists research the perfect conditions for plants to thrive in. Because of their research, farmers make the most of their yearly crop to feed the world.

Also known as: Biologist, Microbiologist, Environmental Scientist or Specialist, Research Scientist
Learning Strategies
Personnel Management
Social Perceptiveness
Systems Analysis
Systems Evaluation
Experiment to find new or improved varieties of field crops, with a focus on yield, quality, disease resistance, nutritional value or climate adaptation
Develop and improve methods for eliminating threats to our crops
Develop methods of conserving or managing soil that can be applied by farmers, including altered soils to suit different types of plants
Share your findings in courses, seminars or workshops
Lead natural resource management and conservation programs
Study ways to improve agricultural sustainability, such as new methods of composting
Study insect distribution and recommend methods to prevent importation or spread of injurious species

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