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Becoming a Horticulturist ?

Posted by mrbladedude (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 15, 14 at 10:21

Hi. I love the outdoors and it is time for me to go to school finally. Im 31 years old. I know late bloomer but better late than never right?

Anyway, the job I want to do is hike through forests and take samples and pictures of various types of plants and then go back and study the specimens etc. Stuff like that.

I do NOT want to be mowing lawns, working on landscape or watering plants in a nursery all day. No heavy lifting ( I have arthritis ). I will not be starting my own business.

Like a Mycologist. I was reading and saw a documentary of a Mycologist who went out to various forests and studied Mushrooms. Took samples and pictures and was just by himself.

That is what I want. And I have a family. Wife and 3 kids. So i would like to make at least $50k a year soon after I get my bachelors degree.

Is this unrealistic?

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RE: Becoming a Horticulturist ?

Check with the US Forestry Service. They do conduct plant and animal surveys mostly during the summer months. The problem with the Forestry Service is low pay due to lack of funds and support from the government, and their jobs are in jeopardy from political wrangling and cuts. Permanent employment is dependent on a degree.

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