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Plant Sciences Major

3,163 yearly degrees
#172 in popularity
$71,000 median salary

Plant sciences is a major that typically falls into the Agriculture category.

There are 43 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in plant sciences, 135 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 98 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 77 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Plant Sciences Degree?

Plant sciences is one of the least chosen majors in the country, ranked #126 in popularity. About 2,000 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field in 2017. This major attracts more men than women. About 62% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of plant sciences majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 2%
  • Black or African American: 1.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 10.1%
  • White: 76.2%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 2.8%
  • Other Races: 7.4%
Plant Sciences Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in plant sciences. About 2.8% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending plant sciences majors to the U.S. are China, India and Nepal.

What Will You Learn as a Plant Sciences Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to plant sciences to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Plant Sciences Majors

A major in plant sciences should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Important Knowledge Areas for Plant Sciences Majors

Skills for Plant Sciences Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to plant sciences:

Important Skills for Plant Sciences Majors

Abilities for Plant Sciences Majors

Plant sciences majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

Important Abilities for plant sciences Majors

What Can You Do With a Plant Sciences Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with plant sciences:

Careers Related to Plant Sciences
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Range Managers

6.3%

$61,310

Nursery and Greenhouse Managers

-0.8%

$67,950

Soil and Plant Scientists

9%

$63,950

First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers

2.1%

$46,960

Agricultural Sciences Professors

7.9%

$84,640

Forestry & Conservation Science Professors

4.5%

$86,900

Farm and Ranch Managers

-0.8%

$67,950

Animal Scientists

4.9%

$58,380

Soil and Water Conservationists

6.3%

$61,310

Plant Sciences Major Salary

Plant sciences majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $65,000 to $91,000. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Plant Sciences Major  ( 65000 to 91000 )
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$200k
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
$0
$200k
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
$0
$200k
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )
$0
$200k

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Plant Sciences Major Jobs

Some careers associated with plant sciences may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much education do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to plant sciences have obtained the following education levels.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Plant Sciences
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma

0.4%

High School Diploma or Equivalent

8.2%

Post-Secondary Certificate

6.4%

Some College Courses

6.1%

Associate's Degree or Equivalent

5.9%

Bachelor's Degree

25.7%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

0.5%

Master's Degree

9.3%

Post-Master's Certificate

0.1%

First Professional Degree

0%

Doctoral Degree

27.5%

Post-Doctoral Training

10.4%

Online Plant Sciences Programs

There are 135 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in plant sciences, with 3 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.

Is a Plant Sciences Major Worth It?

The median salary for a plant sciences grad is $71,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 82% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $634,600 after 20 years!

plant sciences salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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