Career Outlook

Companies are looking for employees who not only have a plant science background but can also connect effectively with individuals in different roles, from consumers to lab technicians, personal clients to government officials.

What Are Your Professional Options in Horticulture?

Director of Graduate Studies, Mary Meyer, outlines the possibilities in this brief video.

Finding Your Place in the Industry

Horticulturists can work in a wide variety of organizations—owned by industry, government, institutions, or privately—that are involved in the care and maintenance of plants, such as:

  • Parks
  • Greenhouses
  • Botanical or public gardens
  • Nurseries
  • Orchards
  • Golf courses or athletic fields
  • Sod or tree farms
  • Garden centers
  • Landscaping companies
  • Aquariums or zoos

Align Your Skills with a Rewarding Career

The chart below can help you see how your interests might position you in the job market.

Trees, Flowers, Landscapes


Landscape designer or gardener, greenhouse technician, garden manager, plant collection manager, nursery owner, conservationist, arborist

Food Production


Orchardist, vegetable specialist, urban farm manager, community garden manager



Golf course, athletic field, or park manager, caretaker, groundskeeper, park superintendent, lawn care specialist

Pest Management


Controller of insects, diseases, and other pests for public spaces

Restoration Ecology


Crew manager, conservationist, land care manager, plant records analyst

Public Gardens


Education manager, teacher, curator, horticulture manager, landscape gardener, conservationist