Green Collar Careers

Whether you are interested in art, business, education, science, or technology, a career in horticulture might be worth considering. Making an impact in the world of plants involves a lot. There are more than 140 career options to choose from when looking across the horticultural spectrum.


Seed Your Future is a movement to promote horticulture – the business of managing, growing, and using plants – to inspire people to pursue careers in the field. The organization expanded its Horticulture Career Exploration Tool, a resource for students that illustrates the diversity within the realm of horticulture. 


Featuring a host of career options, the tool features profiles, videos, education requirements, and salary information for jobs related to horticulture.


Here are just a few:

  • Botanical Artist – creates landscapes, gardens, illustrations, and many more artistic tasks
  • Culinary Horticulturist – studies crops, culture, and cuisine with edible plants
  • Ethnopharmacologist – uses plants to treat human disease, injury, and illness
  • Floriculturist – cultivates flowering and ornamental plants for gardens and the floral industry
  • Habitat Restoration Scientist – researches, studies and supports the practice of ecological restoration
  • Hydrologist –researches and studies the cycle, properties, and distribution of water
  • Plant Nutritionist – studies the chemical elements and compounds necessary for plant growth
  • Robotics Engineer – designs robots and systems to perform duties that humans cannot
  • Social Media Specialist – uses social media platforms to market goods and services 
  • Urban Farmer – cares for and manages tree populations in urban settings
  • Weed and Invasive Plant Specialist – identifies weeds and invasive plants 


With graduation season upon us, now might be a great time to explore the possibility of a green-collar career. On the Horticulture Career Exploration Page, you will also find resources on scholarship opportunities, internships, and where to study.


Supported by more than 150 partner organizations, Seed Your Future envisions a country where everyone understands and values the importance of plants and the people who work in horticulture.


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