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Education and Training Requirements

High School

To prepare for a career as an herbalist, take classes in agriculture, botany, ecology, and horticulture so you can learn about plants and how they are grown. Biology, chemistry, and physics will help prepare you to study the properties of herbs and their therapeutic uses. If you want to become a health care practitioner, you will be taking a lot of medical courses in college, so premed classes will be especially helpful. Nearly all health care professions involve interacting with people. Classes in psychology, English, debate, and drama can help you develop good communication skills. If you become an herbalist, business and computer skills will be important because you are likely to have your own business.

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