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HORTICULTURIST, IN-DEPTH: Composting Is A New & Important Industry

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Willie, a Horticulturist who works with plants and compost for a garden retail store, describes what he loves about his job, its challenges, and how hard it is to find a job in his field. It's not difficult but it's good to make yourself stand out. When he studied Spanish he knew it would put him in a good position to act as a liaison between the composting industry and landscapers in Texas.

Degree: Agriculture Education
Job Title: Horticulturist

Job Summary: Soil and Plant Scientists

Job Description

Soil and Plant Scientists conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. May classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$35,000 - $95,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 14 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Outdoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Likes working with hands, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Mathematical skills

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m='10960'>conference</span> <span m='11470'>about</span> <span m='12420'>new</span> <span m='12860'>things</span> <span m='13300'>that</span> <span m='13400'>are</span> <span m='13570'>kind</span> <span m='13730'>of</span> <span m='13780'>revolutionary</span> <span m='14210'>new</span> <span m='14640'>things.</span> <span m='15180'>So</span> <span m='15310'>that's</span> <span m='15540'>both</span> <span m='15700'>the</span> <span m='15800'>challenge</span> <span m='16260'>in</span> <span m='16370'>so far</span> <span m='16770'>that</span> <span m='16920'>customers</span> <span m='18530'>maybe</span> <span m='18790'>don't</span> <span m='19040'>understand</span> <span m='19760'>that</span> <span m='20200'>a</span> <span m='20640'>compost</span> <span m='21140'>is</span> <span m='21400'>a</span> <span m='21460'>fertilizer,</span> <span m='22070'>is</span> <span m='22370'>a</span> <span m='22470'>soil</span> <span m='22940'>water</span> <span m='23370'>sponge.</span> </p><p><span 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m='37080'>it can</span> <span m='37200'>help</span> <span m='37450'>them</span> <span m='37680'>and</span> <span m='37770'>help</span> <span m='38010'>them</span> <span m='38120'>make</span> <span m='38310'>money,</span> <span m='39900'>that's</span> <span m='40550'>very</span> <span m='40770'>rewarding</span> <span m='41350'>too.</span> <span m='41540'>So</span> <span m='41670'>I</span> <span m='41710'>would</span> <span m='41850'>say</span> <span m='42040'>it's</span> <span m='42210'>a</span> <span m='42450'>two-sided</span> <span m='42940'>coin,</span> <span m='43670'>but</span> <span m='43830'>it's</span> <span m='43950'>exciting</span> <span m='45210'>for</span> <span m='45450'>both</span> <span m='45760'>reasons.</span> </p><p><span m='47280'>Is</span> <span m='47400'>it</span> <span m='47490'>hard</span> <span m='47740'>to</span> <span m='47830'>get</span> <span m='48080'>a</span> <span m='48140'>job</span> <span m='48440'>in</span> <span m='48500'>this</span> <span 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