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Career Opportunities in Horticulture

Horticulture includes a wide variety of topics that relate to fruit, vegetable, and ornamental crops, and their uses. Careers range from production management to processing and marketing, retail and wholesale management, greenhouse and nursery production, floriculture, landscaping, turf management, research and development, various service activities and positions with local, state, and federal agencies. Students with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture are prepared for careers in the green industry.

Starting Salaries for graduates are up to $45,000 per year

Career examples:

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  • Sales Manager

  • Plant Genetic Engineer

  • Human Resource Specialist

  • Irrigation Technician

  • Landscape Construction Foreman

  • Landscape Designer

  • Plant Propagation Manager

  • Cooperative Extension Agent

  • Marketing Manager

  • Newspaper Agricultural Journalist

  • Production Manager

  • Irrigation Auditor

  • Landscape Estimator

  • Research Technician

For more information, contact:

Dr. Geno Picchioni or Dr. Rolston St. Hilaire
P.O. Box 30003. MSC 3 Q
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003-0003
Phone: (575) 646-3405
Email: gpicchio@nmsu.edu; rsthilai@nmsu.edu