Careers in Horticulture
Careers in Horticulture: Where Business Is Blooming
Owner/Entrepreneur: Own a horticulture-based business. Use your skills, talents and love of horticulture to develop a thriving business in an array of areas. Own a greenhouse, nursery, sod farm, landscaping company, vegetable farm and more.
Educator: Teach others about horticulture science in higher education settings. Share your knowledge and passion for horticulture with others by becoming an educator. Work in two-year or four-year colleges and universities.
Researcher: Perform research to advance the horticulture field. Become employed by a company that conducts experiments and studies various aspects of plant cultivation, production, pest control and more. This career choice requires a master’s degree.
Parks and Gardens Manager: Keep parks and gardens looking beautiful for both private and public sectors. This may include designing gardens, maintaining the appearance of plants, trees and flowers, and ensuring the garden stays healthy.
Public Service Landscaper: Work for a city or government agency that owns parks and other recreational areas that require a horticulture specialist. This may include designing gardens, maintaining the appearance of plants, trees and flowers, and ensuring the garden stays healthy.
Sports Turf Manager: Develops and maintains turf areas, such as hose at golf courses and sports fields. Types of positions include golf course superintendent, golf course manager and greenskeeper. May work for athletic fields, golf courses, government agencies, lawn care companies and more.
Landscape Designer: Plan and design exterior landscapes for both private and public sectors. This may include working as a self-employed landscape designer or working for landscape firms.
Writer/Communications Specialist: Write about different horticulture topics for magazines, websites, newspapers and other mass media publications. Types of positions include agriculture/farm news director, book/magazine author, editor, photographer, scientific writer, videographer and more. This career would require writing/journalism skills in addition to horticultural skills.
Greenhouse Production Specialist: Producing plants in a greenhouse with emphasis on floriculture, hydroponics and bedding plants. Greenhouse Production Managers may be hired by commercial greenhouses or landscape companies.
Fruit and Vegetable Production Specialist: Produces and markets fruits and vegetables in Oklahoma. This job position may work or own a greenhouse, nursery, orchard, vegetable farm, vineyard, etc.
Irrigation and Installation Designer: Designs landscape irrigation systems and installs the systems. This job position may sell or operate irrigation systems at various locations, including athletic fields, farms, golf courses, greenhouses and nurseries.