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Agricultural or Horticultural Scientist

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Agricultural scientists research and develop new methods of raising animals and growing crops, and try them out on experimental farms and nurseries. They usually specialise in one area such as soil, crops, animals or farm produce.

Horticultural scientists specialise in the study of plants, plant identification and classification, and the growth and development of plants and crops including vegetables, fruits and ornamental plants. This includes studying plants used in gardening, landscaping and medicines.

The Work

You could be:

Depending on your specialism, agriculture or horticulture, you could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Salaries for qualified agricultural or horticultural scientists tend to be in the range of £17,000 to £27,000 a year. With experience, this can rise to over £40,000.

Conditions

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Getting In

You could work for a commercial company, a botanic garden, college, university, a government agency or research centre such as Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA).

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
9837
1.6 %
RISE
2023
9995
  United Kingdom
2018
86375
3.2 %
RISE
2023
89171

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Institute of Horticulture
Tel: 03330 050 181
E-mail: cih@horticulture.org.uk
Website: https://www.horticulture.org.uk/
Website (2): http://www.growcareers.info
Twitter: @cihort
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CIHort

James Hutton Institute
Tel: 0344 928 5428
E-mail: info@hutton.ac.uk
Website: http://www.hutton.ac.uk
Twitter: @JamesHuttonInst
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesHuttonInstitute?ref=ts

The James Hutton Institute was created from the merger of the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI) and the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute.

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
E-mail: scotland@lantra.co.uk
Website: https://www.scotland.lantra.co.uk/
Twitter: @LantraScotland
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lantrascotland/

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA)
Tel: 0131 244 8890
E-mail: info@sasa.gsi.gov.uk
Website: http://www.sasa.gov.uk
Twitter: @ScotGovSASA

The Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) is a division of the Scottish Government Agriculture, Food and Rural Communities Directorate.

Science Council
Tel: 020 3434 2020
E-mail: enquiries@sciencecouncil.org
Website: http://www.sciencecouncil.org/
Website (2): http://www.futuremorph.org/
Twitter: @Science_Council

The Science Council provides the quality assurance system for those working in science. They set the standards for professional registration for practising scientists and science technicians across all scientific disciplines. Those scientists who reach the required standards are recognised by the following designations CSci, CSciTeach, RSci and RSciTech.

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