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Plant Scientists conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soils, and control of pests (O*NET Online). Plant science is the study of any plant system. Two ongoing areas of innovation are: creating tools that protect crops from insects, weeds and diseases; and developing stronger, healthier, more useful varieties of crops. Both help farmers sustainably grow healthy foods. (CropLife Canada)
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
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- Interview: Crop Researcher - from StudyinCanada.com
- Sokanu - occupational profile and videos
- Scientist Spotlight - Lab coats and naked oats:
- The Vern Burrows Story (video) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- Plant Scientist / Field Agronomist - AgExplorer profile (FFA & Discovery Education)
- Careers in Plant Pathology - American Phytopathological Society
- Grow Your Future (pdf) - career brochure from the Crop Science Society of America
- A Day in the Life - videos profiles from Crop Science Society of America
- Plant Science 101 - from CropLife Canada
- Career Profiles from AgCareers.com:
- Article: Fruitful Pursuits: Research Careers in Plant Science - Science Careers
- Article: Improving Plant Performance - Science Careers profile of a Research Coordinator at a biotech start-up
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Faculty and Department Homepages
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- Department of Plant Science - Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
- Department of Biological Sciences - Faculty of Science
Exploring Other Education Options
Information for foreign-trained Biologists & related Scientists - Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
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 may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available: engage, learn and network!
- Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists
- Federation of Canadian Plant Societies
- Canadian Phytopathological Society - Manitoba Regional Group
- Crop Science Society of America
- Canadian Weed Science Society
- American Society of Plant Taxonomists
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Crop Life Canada - members
- Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council
- Canadian Federation of Agriculture
- BIOTE Canada - industry members
- Biosciences Association of Manitoba - member companies
- Biotechnology Innovation Organization - U.S. and international member directory
- Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research
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