Career Overview: Plant Systems

By |2019-02-11T15:57:28-05:00March 6th, 2016|Ag 101, Career Pathways, FFA New Horizons, Plant Systems|

If you have a green thumb, this career pathway may be ideal for you. People who work in the Plant Systems pathway study plants and their growth.

This helps producers of food, feed and fiber crops continue to feed a growing population while conserving natural resources and maintaining the environment.

Individuals in this pathway also develop ways to improve the nutritional value of crops and the quality of seeds. They use genetic engineering to develop crops resistant to pests and drought.

Industry Outlook
Demand for food and fiber will increase as the world’s population grows and the demand for U.S. agricultural exports increases as developing nations improve their economies.

As farmers try to grow more food with fewer resources and the public concern over food safety increases, plant scientists are using new avenues of research in biotechnology to develop plants and food crops that require less fertilizer, fewer pesticides and herbicides, and less water for growth. As these technological advances increase, jobs in the field will increase as well.

Career Opportunities
Popular jobs within this field include:
• Agronomist
• Farmer/rancher
• Fruit and vegetable grower
• Plant geneticist
• Seed analyst
• Nursery/greenhouse manager
• Golf course manager
• Soil and water specialist

Education Requ