Careers and Outcomes

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Follow your passion for the outdoors

The environmental plant science program at Missouri State prepares you for a variety of careers, from working with flowers to vegetables to turfgrass. Many environmental plant science students desire to start their own business, but many graduates also find successful careers at established organizations utilizing their environmental plant science skills:

  • Agricultural education
  • Arborist
  • Botanist
  • Corporate groundskeeper
  • Floral design
  • Garden center management
  • Golf course turf maintenance
  • Greenhouse management
  • Horticulture therapy
  • Landscape design and installation
  • Public parks
  • Sales of horticultural supplies, seeds, fertilizers and chemicals

Graduate education

An environmental plant science degree also prepares you for a variety of plant science graduate programs that focus on plant research, genetics and production:

  • Landscape architecture and design
  • Native plant restoration
  • Plant breeding
  • Plant pathology
  • Vegetable production

The Missouri State College of Agriculture offers a Master of Science in Plant Science program. Specifically, this program works closely with the Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station located on the Mountain Grove campus, which conducts research pertaining to grapes and other fruit crops.

Missouri State Career Center

To help you prepare and search for jobs, the Missouri State Career Center provides a database of current openings, tips for preparing your résumé and on-campus interview opportunities. The Career Center also compiles information about what you can do with an environmental plant science major.