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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.

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.

Horticultural Science Student Brittany Bell

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:

For a list of additional horticulture careers and information, please visit Seed Your Future career pages.

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.