Botany is about the biology of plants and related organisms.

Studying in this area involves learning about plant biology – from the cellular level up to how entire plants function.

This includes learning about how plant organs like leaves and roots work.

Botany is also about the evolution of plants and the environments in which different types of plant live.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

There are over 550,000 species of plants and related organisms.

Because plants produce oxygen via photosynthesis, they are vital to life on Earth.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Botanist
  • Plant scientist
  • Agronomist
  • Agricultural scientist
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Science teacher
  • Biology teacher
  • Agriculture teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


130% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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