Stephen Shepard


Follow your passion to a rewarding career.

Planting Your Future

Whether you are interested in running a nursery, designing landscapes, producing vegetable and fruit crops or breeding plants with biotechnology, your career forecast is bright. You can count on NC State to help you build connections with alumni and businesses, working together with you to launch your career.

Horticultural Science Student Brittany Bell

Grad Pursues the Art and Science of Horticulture

For College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumna Brittany Bell, horticulture science has been a fulfilling way to marry her love of both art and science.

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A Sustainable Choice

CALS alumni Rachel Grantham is now an agronomist at Smithfield.

Career placement for our graduates is flourishing. In fact, we employ almost 100 percent of our graduates.

Traditional Horticultural Science: Working with Plants

Love biology, biotechnology, and other applied sciences? Always enjoyed helping plants grow? Most of our graduates build rewarding careers in one of the following traditional horticulture positions:

Business Side of Horticulture

Graduates who enjoy the business side of horticulture typically build careers in one of the following positions:

Academia and Research

Can’t get enough learning? Give students the knowledge and hands-on experience required for success in a horticultural career. Deepen your knowledge, work with a university that offers research opportunities and inspire students through your work in horticultural education.

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Prospective Careers Based on Horticultural Science Degrees

Career Title Two-Year Bachelors Masters Doctorates
Agricultural Product Sales & Marketing    
Assistant Vineyard Manager    
Chemical Research & Development    
Consumer Relations    
Corporate Horticulturist    
Disease & Pest Manager    
Equipment Sales Representative    
Extension Agent      
Extension Specialist    
Fertilizer Sales Representative      
Floral Crop Grower      
Floral Crop Marketer    
Floral Designer    
Floral Shop Manager    
Fruit and Vegetable Grower    
Garden Center Manager    
Garden Writer      
Golf Course Superintendent    
Greenhouse Manager    
Home and Commercial Lawn Care Manager    
Horticultural Artist      
Horticultural Consultant      
Horticulture Therapist    
Interior Plantscape Designer  
Interior Plantscape Manager  
Interior Plant Rental Manager  
Instructor – Junior College    
Landscape Contractor      
Landscape Designer    
Landscape Foreman      
Nursery Crop Grower    
Nursery Inspector    
Nursery Manager      
Nursery Sales Representative      
Orchard Consultant    
Orchard Manager    
Orchardist/Fruit Grower    
Owner of Horticultural Business        
Pest Management Technician    
Plant Protection Industry Consultant      
Park Manager    
Park/Zoo Horticulturist    
Plant Breeder    
Plant Propagator      
Plant Researcher    
Production Manager    
Postharvest Physiologist      
Professional Gardener    
Professor – University    
Small Farm Manager        
Quality Control Specialist    
Radio/TV Editor    
Research Specialist/Technician    
Retail and Wholesale Sales Representative    
Roadside Marketer    
Seed and Bulb Sales and Marketing    
Sod Grower    
Teacher – High School    
Urban Forester    
Urban Horticulturist