I’m studying in Std 12th. I want to become an horticulturist. Can you please tell me the qualification required and the scope as well.
A career in horticulture is your best bet if you love being closer to nature - plants, fruits, flowers and what have you. If gardening is your favourite past time you can now extend it as a career and develop virus resistant potatoes, or simply increase the yield of your favorite fruit.
You will at least need a 4 years' degree course in Horticulture which is offered at almost all the Agricultural Universities in India. One can also enter the field with a degree in Agricultural Science or an M.Sc. in Agricultural Science. M.Sc. in Horticulture is another route to enter this field. A diploma in Horticulture is also a good option.
Qualified horticulturists and floriculture specialists can be employed at various levels: As Horticulturists, Supervisors, Farm Managers and Estate Managers at horticultural farms and estates, In government organisations like the Department of Agriculture, In private organisations involved in the processing, marketing and export of fruits, vegetables or flowers, Various avenues for self employment, opening a Nursery, Research openings, particularly in the area of genetic engineering.
You would begin with Rs 4, 000-8, 000 per month in a farm. With experience it would grow to Rs 8, 000-20, 000 or more per month.