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11 Master's Degrees Annually
3 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#292 in Popularity (Master's)
$51,280 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Horticulture Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many horticulture graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 11
Doctor’s Degree 3

What Horticulture Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to horticulture and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Horticulture Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in horticulture should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Horticulture Majors

A major in horticulture prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

Abilities for Horticulture Majors

A major in horticulture will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Horticulture Major?

People with a horticulture degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Agricultural Sciences Professors 7.9% $84,640
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 3.8% $39,630

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Horticulture?

11 Master's Degrees Annually
55% Percent Women
18% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Roughly 55% of the graduates are women, and 45% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of horticulture majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Horticulture Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 1
White 9
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

How Much Do Horticulture Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Horticulture majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $45,080 to $79,940 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with horticulture may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for horticulture careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 5.8%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 27.0%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 13.9%
Some College Courses 5.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 12.4%
Bachelor’s Degree 17.7%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 2.2%
Master’s Degree 2.2%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.1%
Doctoral Degree 8.7%
Post-Doctoral Training 4.3%

Online Horticulture Programs

In 2018-2019, 301 schools offered a horticulture program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 276 3
Certificate (1-2 years) 204 3
Certificate (2-4 Years) 7 0
Associate’s Degree 306 3
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 276 3
Master’s Degree 4 1
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 4 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Horticulture Worth It?

The median salary for a horticulture grad is $51,280 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 29% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $227,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to horticulture.

Major Number of Grads
Plant Sciences 972
Animal Science 719
Food Science Technology 704
Agricultural Economics & Business 650
General Agriculture 327
Soil Sciences 164
Agricultural Production 163
Agricultural Public Services 143
International Agriculture 62
Other Agriculture 56
Agricultural Mechanization 1
Food Processing 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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