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Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences

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Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2339
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2339

Phone: (208) 885-6274

Email: pses@uidaho.edu
AG student working with plants

What You Can Do

With an advanced degree in plant science, you may pursue a variety of careers. Potential job titles include:

  • Agricultural consultant (domestic or international)
  • Agricultural chemical researcher or sales manager
  • Commercial crop or greenhouse manager
  • Food processing scientist
  • Plant biotechnologist
  • Plant breeder
  • Plant industry or biofuels researcher
  • Plant-pest protection specialist
  • Senior scientist or program leader for a federal or state agriculture, environmental quality, or land management agency
  • University professor, research support scientist, or extension educator
  • Urban landscape consultant or manager


Graduates of our program are national and international leaders in industry, government and academia. With an acute national shortage of applied scientists, our graduates are in demand, with nearly 100 percent placement. Graduates with a master's degree start between $30,000 - $35,000 in academia and at approximately $50,000 in private industry. Doctoral graduates earn beginning salaries between $65,000 - $75,000 in academia and between $75,000 - $85,000 in private industry.