Horticulturists oversee research programs for a variety of ornamental and vegetative crops. As a horticulturist, the goal of increasing yield, improving color, size and taste of the plant is important. Crops studied by horticulturists include nuts, fruits, vegetables, flowers, bushes and trees. Horticulturists will also work with landscapers, contractors, architects and developers to choose plants appropriate for their projects while maintaining high levels of customer service.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?
- Oversee the production and care of plants, fruits and vegetables
- Control plant growth regulation by mixing and testing fertilizers and monitoring injectors
- Manage crop scheduling for timing of appropriate planting and harvesting
- Perform propagation, irrigation and pest management for plants
- Control plant growth regulation by monitoring fertilizers
- Be responsible for greenhouse environment, management and maintenance
- Direct labor in the functions of crop management
- Operate equipment such as vans, tractors and sprayers
- Oversee seasonal staff and production labor
- Work with landscapers, contractors, architects and developers while maintaining high levels of customer service
- Work closely with staff to process quotes and orders in a timely manner
Recommended High School Courses:
- agricultural education with a focus on science, particularly plant science, biology, chemistry and botany
- computer science
An associate or bachelor’s degree in horticulture, plant production, botany, plant biotechnology or agriculture is required. Certifications such as a pesticide applicator’s license are typically preferred.