University of Vermont

CALS Plant Biology Major

Plant Biology

Alumni with a degree in Plant Biology (formerly known as Botany) pursue a wide variety of careers, both directly and indirectly related to their course of study. This is a representative sample of job titles from recent UVM alumni who majored in Plant Biology.

Job Title

Career Industry

Floristics & Systematics Botanist Scientific Research & Development
Administrative Coordinator, Faculty Higher Education
Librarian Library Science
Watershed Planner State Government
Registered Nurse Nursing
Financial Planner Financial Planning and Management
Senior Environmental Specialist Engineering
Botanist Conservation Ecology
Dentist Dentistry
Postdoctoral Fellow Archaeology
Maple Specialist Botany
Manager Horticulture
Orthopedic Physician Medicine
Aquatic Biologist State Government
Research Scientist Agriculture
Director of Education Primary Education

Recent Employers

Vermont Council of Rural Development BAAR Scientific LLC
Shelburne Farms, Inc. Baros Data Center
Arm N. Hamer Builders Missouri Botanical Garden
Stantec Consulting, Inc. Alpha Consulting Engineering
Avery Office Products Group Rocky Dale Gardens
Smithsonian Institution Westwood Pediatrics
Rutgers University

Transferable Skills

In addition to the specialized material you study in your major, you will also gain useful transferable skills. Remember: it is essential to be able to articulate the skills you have gained.

Examples of transferable skills fostered while majoring in Plant Biology

Critical Thinking Skills

Leadership and Administration Skills

Communication Skills

Drawing conclusions from data obtained
Understanding the functional impact of underlying patterns and structures

Generating new ideas and implementing new projects
Ability to give and follow directions

Writing grant proposals
Ability to communicate clearly in writing
Public presentation skills

Research and Investigation Skills

Design and Planning Skills

Information Management Skills

Knowledge of scientific equipment
Digital imaging

Designing research projects
Planning experiments to test theories and ideas

Organizing and maintaining ideas, materials, and data

Interpersonal Skills

Skills and Assessing Values

Specialized Skills

Ability to work collaboratively to solve problems and investigate hypotheses

Seeing the relationships between different factors

Classifying plants
Ability to analyze images


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