Careers in Botany - BSA Science Education and Outreach

This is an online version of the brochure "Careers in Botany" distributed by the Botanical Society of America. Real Careers - Great Choices! BSA members talk about their jobs...

David Spooner, science careers Dr. David Spooner
University of Wisconsin
An adventure! - this is my job!!

Ever since I could remember all I ever wanted to be was a botanist. As a child I pretty much lived in the various woods near our home in southwestern Ohio, and knew every trail and creek bed by heart.
  Mudassir Asrar Zaidi, science carers Dr. Mudassir Asrar Zaidi
University of Blaochistan
A love of flowers and plants

As far as I remember in my early life at the age of five onwards I used to say that I can’t live without flowers and plants. Later I started counting their sepals, petals without damaging them through which I developed a passion for research.
  Marsh Sundberg, science carers Dr. Marshall Sundberg
Emporia State University
Why study botany?

I entered college knowing that I wanted to be a high school biology teacher and was particularly fascinated with animal anatomy and physiology. Then I took the Biology of Vascular Plants course. Boy, was I in for a surprise!
Jenny Xiang, science careers Dr. Jenny Xiang
North Carolina State University
An International Journey to a Botany Career

It is hard to believe that with a childhood dream of becoming an astronaut, I end up as a botanist with a passion. Unexpectedly, this aspiration was overtaken by a growing interest in biology after I entered college. The biology department opened a whole new world for me.
  Jack Honer, science careers Dr. Jack Horner
Iowa State University
Reflections of a happy botanist

During that year I also took two advanced botany courses in plant morphology and vascular plant anatomy. The plant courses and Professor Howard Arnott who was teaching them, literally turned me on to the study of plants.
  Scott Mori, science careers Dr. Scott Mori
New York Botanical Garden
How I became a tropical botanist

By the time I reached high school I had developed an interest in natural history because of my experiences camping with the Boy Scouts and hunting for rabbits and pheasants with my father, an uncle, and a neighbor.
Sherwin Carlquist, science careers Dr. Sherwin Carlquist
Happily Retired from Teaching
Being a Professor of Botany

Being a professor of botany/biology is wonderful because of the opportunities it offersbeing able to share ones enthusiasms with students, designing new courses, having the opportunity to do field work, watching ones field of specialty change and grow, doing research, and spending ones life in contact with the green world.
  Joe Armstrong, science careers Dr. Joseph Armstrong
Illinois State University
Botany as a career: Still having fun

It is much harder to decide when I decided to pursue botany as a career, but it happened some time during my final two years of undergraduate work after I fell under the influence of three botanists at SUNY Oswego (Jim Seago, Lee Marsh, and Hank Spang).
  Alex_Wiedenhoeft, science careers Dr. Alex C. Wiedenhoeft
Center for Wood Anatomy Research, Forest Products Laboratory, Forest Service, USDA
Connfessions of an Accidental Wood Anatomist
It seems strange to me now to reflect and see my path as accidental (it would be better to say serendipitous), but my trip to wood anatomy was nothing if not filled with chance.

Botany from the Students' Perspective

The PLANT SCIENCES offer a wide range of options supporting the various disciplines it comprises. Below we list some of the career discriptions provided by our sister societies.




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    • International Journey to a Botany Career
    • Botany as a career: Still having fun

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