An olericulturist specializes in a branch of horticulture that deals with the production, storage, processing, and marketing of vegetables. Olericulturists with advanced degrees are often found in universities and in the horticulture industry in research, teaching, and extension positions, developing, breeding, and evaluating new varieties of vegetables.
The minimum education required varies from either an Associate's or Bachelor's degree. However, research and higher level positions typically require a Masters degree or Ph.D. depending on the job. Those with advanced degrees often teach courses in horticulture in addition to their research projects.
WHERE TO STUDY
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In August 2020, the median yearly salary for an olericulturist was $74,957, according to Comparably.com. For more information, visit Study.com's Nursery Grower Profile.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
- American Society for Horticultural Science
- Produce Marketing Association
- United Fresh Produce Association
VIDEOS AND TESTIMONIALS
Learn about growing vegetables from Paul Mastronardi, CEO of Mastronardi Produce Ltd.