Botany

Botany is a branch of biology and the science of plant life. Botanists research the evolution of plants, their reproduction, mechanisms, and relationships with the environment and other aspects of life. They perform research and fieldwork, analyse information, and can lecture students or write reports on their findings.

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KEY SKILLS

  • Problem- Solving

  • Communication

  • Research Oriented 

  • Attentive to details

  • Critical-Thinker 

  • Persistent

  • Keen Observation

  • Curiosity

  • Analytical Skills 

PROS

  • The job opportunities are plenty, and the demand never goes down

  • The sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that comes from doing interesting and worthwhile work is one of the many rewards

  • Many positions in botany provide other benefits such as individual freedom, varied work, pleasant surroundings, stimulating associates, and the opportunity to travel

  • It is a process of continual questioning, testing, and revision of our understanding

  • It’s a great feeling to figure out something that no one ever knew before

CONS

  • It requires an extensive education

  • Research positions almost always require a PhD

  • Plant biologists often face diverse environments and must be in good enough shape to be able to meet those demands

  • Plant biologists are often expected to meet specific deadlines regarding their work, even if it is in a field that has had minimal momentum within it before

  • There is a lot of investment value in the equipment being used. One slip-up not only means that workplace injuries could slow production down, but it could cost the company financially or hurt their reputation

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  • Educational Institutions

  • Federal and State Agencies

  • Drug Companies

  • Oil Industry

  • Biotechnology Firms

  • Environmental Consultancies

  • Food and Agriculture Companies

  • You see yourself managing a botanical collection

  • You are constantly fascinated by plants and their anatomy

  • Presenting research results in journals, books and blogs

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