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Graduates in Plant Sciences have a wide range of job opportunities. Those that make direct use of their botanical knowledge may become, amongst other things, botanists, ecologists, conservationists, environmental consultants, mycologists and teachers of science/biology. Many graduates go on to take higher degrees in areas such as Environmental Science, Agricultural Science and Genetics as well as, of course, Botany or Plant Biology. In the government services, they may work for research organisations such as the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and Teagasc. Finally, many graduates enter business or industry where they may not use their botanical knowledge directly but where the skills they have developed in Plant Sciences can be put to a wide range of uses. The knowledge of plants gained on the Plant Sciences courses provides a good basis for many rewarding leisure activities such as natural history, gardening, art and a wide range of outdoor pursuits, as well as for understanding the causes and effects of the many environmental problems that beset the world today.


Last updated 7 July 2011