Career Harvest


Study anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and ecology of plants in the context of the natural environment, agriculture, forestry, horticulture and biotechnology.

Alternative Titles & Specialisations:

  • Botanist
  • Plant Morphologist
  • Plant Pathologist
  • Plant Taxonomist


  • Search for and classify new species of plants
  • Identify plant specimens
  • Investigate effects of environmental factors on plant growth
  • Grow plants in glasshouses to assess significance of environmental and genetic variation
  • Study genetics of plants using biochemical and molecular techniques in the laboratory
  • Study nature and occurrence of plant chromosomes, cells and tissues
  • Prepare scientific reports and papers
  • Supervise and coordinate work of technical support staff
  • Work with other scientists to develop medicines and other products from plants

Personal Requirements:

  • communication skills
  • observational skills
  • enjoy science
  • problem solving skills
  • analytical skills
  • enjoy research
  • ability to work alone or as part of a team


For this Position, the skills required to perform this role would have be developed through a combination of experience in a related role (unless the position is a graduate position) as well as a degree in science or applied science majoring in botany or biology, available at universities across Australia. Research scientist or academic will usually require a masters or doctorate degree in the specialist field.


Tertiary Education Providers

Charles Sturt University
University of New England
Sydney University
University of Western Sydney
University of Newcastle
Southern Cross University

University of Melbourne
La Trobe University

South Australia
University of Adelaide
Flinders University

Western Australia
Curtin University
University of Western Australia
Edith Cowan University
Murdoch University

University of Tasmania

University of Queensland
James Cook University
Central Queensland University
Griffith University
University of Southern Queensland

Australian National University


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