A botanist is a scientist who specializes in plant biology, and is an expert on varieties of vegetation including, algae, grass, cacti, flowers, moss, trees, shrubs and edibles, including herbs, fruits and vegetables. Unlike landscapers and gardeners who arrange, grow and care for plants, botanists research them.
The minimum requirement is to acquire a Bachelor's or Master's degree. A Doctorate degree is required for advanced research positions.
WHERE TO STUDY
For 2- and 4-year college and university programs across the country, visit our Where to Study page.
In April 2020, the median yearly salary for a botanist was $68,539, according to Salary.com. For more information, visit Study.com's Botanist Profile.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
- American Society for Horticultural Science
- American Society of Plant Biologists
- Botanical Society of America
VIDEOS AND TESTIMONIALS
Learn why Dr. Charlotte Germain-Aubrey of the University of Florida chose to become a botanist.