Career FAQs

What is horticulture?

Horticulture is the art and science of growing (including organic and sustainable production) fruits, nuts, vegetables ornamentals, herbs, spices and medicinal plants -- "garden or yard culture." UGA's Horticulture program trains students in many aspects of plant science -- physiology, nutrition, identification, soils, pest control, and design. By carefully choosing electives, horticulture students can broaden their background in international agriculture, business management, education, journalism, GIS, and many other physical or biological sciences.

Why do students choose to study horticulture at UGA?

  • Small class size
  • Advising by caring faculty
  • Enthusiastic teachers
  • Renowned faculty--authors of widely-adopted textbooks
  • Small department and “family” atmosphere
  • Nearby horticultural enterprises for numerous field trips
  • Satisfied former students

Why do most people become horticulturists?

  • Job satisfaction- they love working with plants
  • Work environment- not in a cubicle all day
  • Varied opportunities- from management to ownership

Are jobs available for UGA Horticulture students?

  • Often multiple job offers per graduate
  • Nationwide opportunities - not just Atlanta and the larger cities

What are typical jobs?

  • Landscape contractor
  • Garden center manager
  • Greenhouse grower
  • Nursery manager
  • Golf course superintendent
  • Urban forester, City horticulturist
  • Extension agent, Horticultural Vo-Ag teacher
  • Public garden horticulturist
  • Orchard manager, Vegetable grower
  • Plant, seed, chemical, and equipment sales
  • Plant or produce inspectors
  • Nursery or landscape business owner

What are typical salaries of horticulture graduates?

  • Horticulture graduates typically start at salaries of $28-40,000 per year. Those with extensive experience gained from internships and part-time jobs, often start higher. Horticulturists with several years of experience can expect salaries of $40-75,000 per year, depending on size of company, responsibility and performance. According to the Professional Grounds Management Society, the national average salary for superintendents and managers is $60,000 per year.

What are the majors in the horticulture major?

  • General Horticulture
  • Landscape Contracting
  • Horticulture Science (pre-graduate school)

What does the future look like for horticulture majors?

  • Atlanta is the number one business relocation site; therefore, more jobs, more houses, and greater demand for horticultural services.
  • Decrease in leisure time prompts need for horticultural services
    Gardening is number one leisure activity and participation is predicted to increase.
  • Studies show landscaping increases home sales and apartment occupancy rates
  • Shift in vegetable industry from Florida to Georgia has increased production
  • Burgeoning interest in organic as well as sustainable regionally produced fruits and vegetables
  • Horticulture is the fastest growing agricultural commodity in Georgia
  • Tree ordinances and stormwater concerns have created new jobs for horticulturists

How large is the Georgia horticulture industry?

Total value of Georgia Horticulture in 2013: $4.9 Billion (view report)

  • Vegetables—$998 million
    • Watermelon—$143 million
    • Peppers—$139 million
    • Vidalia Onions--$93 million
  • Landscape--$800 million
  • Nursery--$226 million
  • Fruit--$414 million
    • Blueberries—$312 million
    • Peaches—$55 million
  • Greenhouse--$246 million
  • Pecans--$316 million