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Botanists study plants and apply knowledge to teaching and research in agriculture, horticulture, land use planning, conservation, forestry, and medicine. They study the smallest pollen grains to the largest trees. They play an important role in environmental stewardship, particularly through contributions to conservation, sustainable practices, and remediation. Botanists often choose to specialize in a particular area of plant research, for example pathology, plant physiology, or plant taxonomy. (Adapted from Eco.ca)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- Botanist career profile - ECO Canada
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- Careers in Botany - from the Botanical Society of America
- UM Career profile - U of M professor, Botanist
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Faculty and Department Homepages
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- Department of Biological Sciences - Faculty of Science
- Department of Plant Science - Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
Exploring Other Education Options
Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials - information for foreign-trained biologists and other related scientists
Labour market information
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
Professional associations organize events and directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities are also available. This is a great way to learn and network.
- The Canadian Botanical Association
- Canadian Phytopathological Society
- Manitoba Association of Plant Biologists (Facebook page)
- American Society of Plant Biologists
- American Society of Plant Taxonomists
- Society for Ecological Restoration
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
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- Bioscience Association of Manitoba - members
- Manitoba Environmental Industry Association
- Environmental Careers Organization Canada
- Plant Canada - The Federation of Canadian Plant Science Societies
- Botanical Gardens Conservation International
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External resources that will provide you with additional information about the occupation, areas of work and opportunities to build experience:
- Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society
- Manitoba Conservation Districts Association
- Parks Canada- Government of Canada
- Forestry Branch - Manitoba Government
- Urban Forestry Department - City of Winnipeg
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
- Horticulture and Plant Science in Virtual Perspective - from Ohio State University
- Botany Links - from the UBC Department of Botany
- BSA Suggested Websites - from the Botanical Society of America
- Canadian Forests - Private business directory
- Green Mentor Program: Project Learning Tree Canada - for youth aged 18 to 30 with an interest in forestry and conservation