A plant breeder works in a controlled environment conducting tests on different types of plants, to develop useful traits, such as disease resistance, appearance and drought tolerance.
The minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree. For advanced positions, additional degrees will be required.
WHERE TO STUDY
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In December 2018, the median yearly salary for a plant breeder was $76,448*, according to PayScale.com. For more information, visit Study.com's Plant Breeder Profile.
*The salary estimate includes salaries requiring advanced degrees.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
- American Society for Horticultural Science
- American Society of Plant Scientists
- Crop Science Society of America
- International Plant Propagators' Society
- National Association of Plant Breeders
VIDEOS AND TESTIMONIALS
Find out why these plant breeders love their job.