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Horticultural Scientist

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Horticultural Scientist
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€26 - 45 
Related Information:
Entrants: 26 - 34
Experienced: 45k +
Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: March, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Horticultural scientists study the science and technology of plant cultivation.


The Work header image

Horticultural scientists apply science and technology to horticulture. This includes the safe production of a variety of crops, such as vegetables, fruit and plants. Areas of work include laboratory and field based research and development, advice and consultancy work.  
 
Laboratory based scientists may be involved in detailed analytical research work, for example in plant breeding and propagation. Field based research scientists work on projects that aim to find specific solutions to individual problems, for example to discover a fungus for pest control on a particular crop.  
 
Research projects may involve horticultural scientists in both laboratory work and carrying out field based trials, such as laboratory tests on and the development of plants in experimental plots or greenhouses. Developmental work may involve working closely with other specialists such as horticultural engineers.  
 
Horticultural scientists provide information and consultancy to a range of people working in horticulture. They may work for organisations such as garden centres, arable farmers or make their services generally available to the public. Horticultural scientists may spend a lot of their time outside the office visiting growers and working in close liaison with research and development scientists, for example in field trials.  
 
Some horticultural scientists work in other areas, for example marketing, information science and teaching.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Conduct experiments to develop new or improved varieties of field crops, focusing on characteristics such as yield, quality, disease resistance, nutritional value, or adaptation to specific soils or climates.

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Communicate research or project results to other professionals or the public or teach related courses, seminars, or workshops.

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Investigate soil problems or poor water quality to determine sources and effects.

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Study soil characteristics to classify soils on the basis of factors such as geographic location, landscape position, or soil properties.

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Provide information or recommendations to farmers or other landowners regarding ways in which they can best use land, promote plant growth, or avoid or correct problems such as erosion.

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Investigate responses of soils to specific management practices to determine the use capabilities of soils and the effects of alternative practices on soil productivity.

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Develop methods of conserving or managing soil that can be applied by farmers or forestry companies.

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Conduct experiments investigating how soil forms, changes, or interacts with land-based ecosystems or living organisms.

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Conduct research to determine best methods of planting, spraying, cultivating, harvesting, storing, processing, or transporting horticultural products.

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Develop new or improved methods or products for controlling or eliminating weeds, crop diseases, or insect pests.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:  Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Biology:  Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Chemistry:  Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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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.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Science:   Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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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.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a horticultural scientist you will need a high level of scientific ability and understanding, especially in biology and chemistry. You need to be able to prepare, analyse, monitor, evaluate and present complicated technical data accurately, often involving the use of computers and complex scientific equipment. Keeping records and preparing reports is also highly important.  
 
You must be able to work as part of a team, have good communication skills and the ability to present complex scientific information (in written or spoken form) that is easy for non-scientists to understand.  
 
Be prepared to travel as part of your work, therefore a driving licence would be an advantage.


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Organisation: Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
  Address: Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 0200
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland
  Address: Cabinteely House, The Park, Cabinteely, Dublin 18
  Tel: (01) 668 4358
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: National Botanic Gardens
  Address: Glasnevin, Dublin 9
  Tel: (01) 804 0201
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