Plant Geneticist

Average Salary
Degree Requirements
Bachelor's Degree

Centuries ago, ears of corn were less than an inch long and only produced about ten hard kernels that tasted like dry, raw potatoes. The corn we grow and eat today is 100 times larger, with about 800 sweet and juicy kernels. The evolution from a tiny, tasteless crop to a flavorful food staple is the work of plant geneticists. By selectively breeding crops based on desirable qualities – such as yield, flavor, size and nutrient value – plant geneticists improve and create new varieties of crops and plants.

Also known as: Plant Breeder, Clinical Cytogenetics Director, Research Scientist, Biologist
Learning Strategies
Personnel Management
Social Perceptiveness
Systems Analysis
Systems Evaluation
Identify desirable traits in crops and plants
Identify genes responsible for certain plant features and functions
Crossbreed plants based on objectives and record outcomes
Maintain thorough research records and notes
Prepare and communicate findings and discoveries
Work with various industries to develop improved and new varieties of plants and crops
Work in laboratory, office, nursery and field settings
Meet Christine
Corn Breeder
Beck's Hybrids
“As technology develops, we're continually adapting those technologies and so we're continually learning. Your day is never really the same."
B.S. English Literature, M.S. in Plant Breeding

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