Whether your passion is photography, art or science there is a career in horticulture for you.
Horticulture is the art, science, technology and business of cultivating all sorts of plants, including: medicinal plants, fruits, vegetables and grains, herbs, and ornamental trees. Horticulture matters because the horticultural industry is a massive contributor to the UK economy and because our environment and food security depend on it. Here are four horticulture career options that you might not have considered.
Horticultural scientists study all forms of plant life in the laboratory, and in the natural environment. They work in environmental conservation, agriculture, forestry, horticulture, medicine, biotechnology and food science, so there are plenty of opportunities and you might work in a university, for a conservation organisation or for a food production company.
Horticultural scientists identify, classify, record and monitor plant species in order to understand their growth and how to improve it or studying the effects of the environment on plant life.
Plant breeders use a range of techniques in order to produce new and improved varieties of plants. Their work involves crossing existing plants as well as selecting new strains. Plant breeders are involved with other disciplines such as entomology and pathology as they have to develop an understanding of pests and diseases.
The changing environment (growing conditions), consumer demands and changes to farming and environmental policies means there is a constant need for new plant varieties.
Landscape contractors transform design ideas and scruffy building sites into havens of natural beauty. Their practical skills mean that they are able to do things like build paths and ponds, sculpt earth contours and tend plants.
Landscape contractors can be self-employed landscapers or can be employed by landscaping firms and they work on private projects as well as undertaking big public or private sector projects.
Growing plants, seeing cuttings root and seeing seeds grow into healthy plants can bring great enjoyment to people with learning difficulties and disabled people as well as many others.
Working with plants can help develop self-confidence and self-expression and working as a horticultural therapist means that you would be part of the caring profession, but also would allow you to combine a career in care with a love of horticulture.