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A botanist is involved in the scientific study of plants algae and fungi. Botany is a very broad field, ranging from horticulture to biochemistry; it can involve searching for new species outdoors, potentially abroad or inspecting their biological makeup within the laboratory.

Other roles a botanist can occupy are in field research, conservation, lecturing in universities or managing plant collections. There are wide areas of specialisation in botany allowing for a diverse and interesting career. A modern development in botany involves environmental problems, how human actions are affecting plants and how they are used; understanding plants, the role they play and determining their uses can be vital to lessening further environmental damage.

The study of plants is vital because they are a fundamental part of life on earth, which generates the oxygen, food, fibres, fuel and medicine that allow humans and other life forms to exist.

Salaries start at around £16,000 and go up to around £45,000 a year.

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