Horticulturist

Salary/Compensation

In the Philippines, a horticulturist’s entry level salary ranges from P12,000 - P17,000 per month and may even go up P20,000 per month for those highly-trained and experienced. Overseas, such as in the U.S. & Canada, the annual average salary range for an horticulturist is $2,300 - $3,800 per month.

Basic Educational Requirement

To be a Horticulturist, one must have a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture or in Botanical Research. Afterwards, he/she then specializes in an area of study through experience or a master’s degree.

Cost of Education *

A horticulturist’s course may range approximately from P18,000 - P23,000 per semester in private technical schools and about P7,000 to P15,000 in public institutions.

Employment Opportunities

Horticulturists can be employed in a research and development company, retail garden centers, or work as a consultant and maintenance crew for botanical and horticultural gardens. They can work in the following industries: Agriculture, Hunting and Forestry, Public Administration and Defense, Compulsory Social Security and Education.

Prospects for Career Advancement

A Horticulturist’s opportunity for advancement depends on the trainings and further studies he/she has completed. A Horticulturist can move up to supervisory positions or open their own maintenance business, nursery or import /export company. He/She can also train to become landscape architects and landscape architectural technicians.

Nature of Work

Horticulturists know everything there is to know about plants. From ferns to flowers, tomato plants to trees, these trained experts know about it all. They can grow it, heal it, transplant it, and analyze it in a lab, all in the name of beauty and environmental health.

Tasks

  • Conducts plant analyses and experiments;
  • Runs a nursery;
  • Nurtures plants to be used in landscaping;
  • Maintains plants in nurseries, indoor gardens, or outside by watering, pruning, fertilizing and digging;
  • Analyzes soil, leaves, flowers and trunks for signs of disease; and
  • Keeps detailed reports about jobs and/or plant progress.

Skills and Competencies

  • Love of plants and gardening as well as interest in conservation;
  • Must have an artistic flair and a creative outlook;
  • Good communicator who can work well alone and as part of a team; and
  • A head for math, and good customer service skills are important especially for those who want to run their own business.

Physical Attributes and Characteristics

  • Physically fit;
  • Must be patient;
  • Can apply their scientific knowledge to a variety of work environments;
  • Dedicated to work; and
  • Always find ways to bring plants to people for beauty and health.

* Based on 2011 rates.