WHY TO CHOOSE BOTANY

The future prospects of choosing Botany are highly multifarious. Whether at basic or applied level, the study of plants stands central amongst several disciplines. Knowing about plants is fundamental to keeping a sustainable biosphere, as well as, securing well-being of mankind on long term basis. Getting knowledge and doing research on plants’ visual appearance, growth, evolution, breeding, utilization, and environmental interactions is highly important. Studying Botany can help one excel in the basic disciplines such as, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Bryology, Cytology, Ecology, Genetics, Lichenology, Molecular Biology, Morphology, Mycology, Microbiology, Paleobotany, Pteridology, Phycology, Physiology, Systematics, Systems Ecology and Taxonomy. Botany graduates can excel in disciplines related to Applied Plant Sciences such as, phytotechnologies, Agricultural Sciences, Agronomy, Biodiversity Conservation, Biotechnology, Breeding, Economic Botany, Environmental Sciences, Ethnobotany, Food Science and Technology, Forestry, Horticulture, Marine Botanists, Natural Resource Management, Plant Pathology, Plant Entomology and Sustainable Ecosystem Services. The major employers of plant biologists are educational institutions, federal and state agencies, and industries. Job opportunities usually depend upon educational training and experience. New positions in Botany are expected to increase at an above-average rate through the turn of the century. Growing world population continues to increase the need for better food supplies. Environmental concerns, such as air, water and soil pollution, will create openings for Ecologists in government and industry. The search for new drugs and medicines and useful genes for improving crop plants will continue to create a need for botanical explorers.