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The Benefits of Working in Plant Science

One of the most common questions that we get asked here at PlantSci is: what is it like to be a Plant Scientist?

Due to the sheer variety of occupations within our field it’s obviously a little difficult to answer in general terms, but we decided to pool our resources and reach out to all our friends in the field to try and get as balanced an opinion as possible as to what you can actually gain from working with plants.

Your colleagues will become your friends

This comes top of the list thanks to the volume of researchers that we talked to who are busy helping PhD students and professors with their projects.

Although researchers may well be at the bottom of the pack when it comes to things like salary and pecking order, we’ve found that they form long-lasting friendships as a result of the endless hours that they spend working with their colleagues.

Plenty of work to go around

Regardless of the frenzy around crowdfunded tech startups, the realm of plants and biology is still one of the most lucrative industries to work in.

Plants are, after all, the basis of most of the food that we eat. The food industry is always looking for new ways of producing more product for less, these kinds of problems can’t very well be solved by chefs or businessmen. Hard science is required to get the most of plants – enter the plant scientists…

Travel the World

Thanks to the high demand for trained plant scientists, we can find work all across the world. In order to collect these opinions we emailed friends and colleagues in the industry – we received replies from plant scientists working in over 15 different countries and over 4 continents.

Should you wish to play the career game then you can always spend a year in one job, take that experience then move on to another lab and another country – the world’s your oyster!

Plus 10 to Science Repair!

Working with temperamental machines on a daily basis means that you might find yourself in the role of mechanic more than you might think, leading to an unexpected increase in confidence and skills.

Spend enough time fiddling around with complex machines that cost literally thousands of pounds and suddenly having a crack at appliance repairs doesn’t seem so intimidating. A few years working in the Plant Scientist role and you’ll be taking on all sorts of repair jobs. 

Serving a Cause not a Taskmaster

Job satisfaction is, on average, much higher in the Plant Scientist industry than other competing industries, such as computing or finance. This is due in part to the previously stated benefits, but it’s also worth considering that when you’re working in the science industry you’re serving a greater cause than simply making money.

Your research might well be funded by a corporation that you are beholden to, but the work that you do will always be furthering the knowledge of man, a fact that gives your day-to-day work real purpose.