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Employment for agricultural and food scientists, including plant and soil scientists, is expected to increase faster than the average through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Botanists will be needed to help meet growing environmental, conservation, pharmaceutical, and similar demands. Their work also will help to improve the ability of plants to resist disease and pests, find new uses for byproducts, and advance selective crop breeding. Employment opportunities with state and local government agencies should remain good, but will depend in part on the continued health of the national economy. Employment at the federal level depends on federal funding, and budget cuts can jeopardize some projects and positions. Private industry is expected to provide the most job opportunities. Employment will be best for botanists with an advanced degree.

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