Careers in Horticulture

Where can a degree in Horticulture take you?

Ecological Landscapes & Urban Forestry

  • Creating vital landscapes that provide ecosystem services.
  • Owning or managing a landscaping business and establishing landscapes for homeowners and commericial and public properties.
  • Designing and maintaining public parks and botanical gardens.
  • Developing and applying innovative urban landscape techniques that improve air and water quality and reduce energy inputs for buildings.

Ecological & Sustainable Horticultural Production

  • Owning or managing a nursery, greenhouse, orchard, vineyard, market garden, or Christmas tree farm.
  • Advising growers or educating the public about ecological issues in horticulture.
  • Consulting about sustainable land use practices.
  • Representing a horticultural service, supply, or food processing company to growers.

Horticultural Research

  • Working as a field or laboratory researcher.
  • Participating in breeding new varieties of fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals.
  • Developing innovative methods to control pests and diseases.
  • Exploring the emerging field of landscape ecology
  • Continuing your interests in graduate school.

Therapeutic Horticulture

  • Designing healing gardens for patients and caregivers at medical and other care facilities.
  • Designing and using horticultural systems for people with disabilities.
  • Using therapeutic horticulture to assist people with physical, empotional, or mental challenges  in gaining skills, adaptations, and coping methods that enhance their lives.

Turf Management

  • Serving as superintendent of a golf club.
  • Overseeing sports parks as an athletic field director.
  • Maintaining fields as a turf manager or grounds maintenance supervisor.
  • Working for parks and recreation programs as a facility manager.
  • Identifying and using ecologically sound methods to reduce water, fertilizer, and pesticide use to create wildlife habitat.

Viticulture & Enology

  • Owning or managing a vineyard or winery.
  • Advising growers about viticulture and vineyard management.
  • Educating the public about topical issues in viticulture.
  • Representing and promoting the wine industry.