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You need to ask yourself what you want to do as a job. Botany qualifies you for scientific fieldwork and labwork. However jobs are badly paid and few and far between for these jobs unless you specialise further (masters, phd), I know a guy with a master in botany who works as a labtech for £13,000 a year washing up pots. I have met many people in the horticulture trade, usually older people, who have degrees in botany, but their practical skills that qualify them for their current jobs were...

…learnt from outside their degrees. Basically If you want to work directly with living plants I would suggest horticulture, theres a wide range of opportunities beyond just being someones gardener, hydroponics, propagation, specialist glasshouse work, degree level horticulture is well recieved and there are a plethora of excellent jobs available and not enough people educated to the right level to fill them. it’s probable also the same in places like Denmark. I don’t know if you are aware also, but there is a big outcry at the moment for young, intelligent and highly trained people in horticulture, I do not think you would ever be out of a job even with a most basic degree. I don’t have much practical experience because of where I’ve lived recently, but I still have never had a problem getting jobs/funding/work experience. If you want any more info just ask me


This is very helpful! Thank you! I’ll be thinking about it as I save up money and finish this first degree, so I have a few months to wrap my head around it.


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earthisalie said: What do you hope to do with a degree?

1- Get a job with a decent paycheque, where I don’t have to deal with creepy old men playing grabass. Denmark is a country with insane degree inflation, because students get a salary from the government to go to school, and there is no such thing as tuition. I’m not competitive on the job market here with a social science degree. I’m not really competitive on any job market with a social science degree. I also get more “points” in the immigration system with every extra degree, or language I speak.

2- Actualise my desire to be a scientist, and not just a social scientist

3- Work with plants, talk about plants, interact with plants all day.

4- Have a chance to do more work outdoors and not be hunched over a computer all the time.

5- Build my biosphere on Mars

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Botany, Environmental Science, and Horticulture, Oh My!

I am trying to decide what to do for Bachelor 2.0

I did some graduate courses in Public Health, because for awhile, I thought once I was finished with my Medical Anthropology degree I would do something like Midwifery or Health Policy, but constantly reading reports on epidemics and mortality didn’t prove to be my wheelhouse, and I move around too much to be a specialised medical professional (I couldn’t have a job where I have to prove/upgrade/certify my credentials in three different countries in order to work).

I’ve always loved plants, landscaping, and horticulture, and every day I am kicking myself for not taking a Botany degree right out of the gate, but I was on a full scholarship, and I chose my major when I was 17.

I think I’ll start taking courses from UBC distance learning online as I can afford them, but I am not sure if I should go the pure Botany route, or do something integrated like Environmental Science — never mind more applied options like Horticulture or Landscape Architecture. I am leaning towards EnviroSci or Forestry, but I really just want to get it right this time around, you know? It’s so goddamn expensive, and this time I don’t have the luxury of paying for it with grants from external sources.

Does anyone here in the plantosphere here have any advice as to what direction is best?


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