Career outlook for botanist
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would study plants so we can use them to make food, drugs and different materials.
You’d discover more about how plants thrive so we can protect them and keep our surroundings pleasant and healthy.
You would analyse, interpret and report on data. You’d examine all types of plants including fungi and algae, either in the laboratory or in their natural environment.
You could specialise in:
- The study of specific plant groups
- Plant anatomy and physiology
- Molecular biology
- Marine botany
- Paleobotany (study of fossilised plant remains)
- Taxonomy (the identification and classification of plants)
You could work in a wide range of industries including agriculture, conservation, forestry, pharmaceuticals and food science. Your role would vary depending on the particular job.
- Identify, classify, record and monitor plant species
- Do ecological surveys and environmental impact assessments
- Manage a plant collection, for example, at a botanic gardens
- Search for new species
- Study the effects of pollution or new buildings on plant life
- Identify and purify chemicals produced by plants so they can be used in products such as drugs, food, fabrics, solvents and building materials
You would present research results in academic journals and at conferences. You might also teach at a university or train and supervise junior staff and volunteers.
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