Study plants and their impact on the environment.
Job opportunities
Jobs on SEEK right now
Job growth
Projected job growth in 5 years
Typical salary
Job satisfaction

What's it like to be a Botanist?

Botanists study plants. They look at plant structure, biochemistry and ecology to understand plant growth and their impact on the environment. Botanists may use this information to develop environmental protection programs or make improvements to existing plant growing techniques. Some Botanists may be involved in identifying plants and plant products for use in food, medicine, fabrics and building materials, or searching for and classifying new plant species.

Tasks and duties

  • Conducting field surveys, which can mean being based in remote areas or the wilderness for weeks and months at a time.
  • Carrying out plant identification.
  • Collecting data, including rainfall, temperature, soil, sunlight, disease and topography.
  • Reporting and analysis.
  • Writing case studies, articles, reports and assessing building plans.

How to become a Botanist

SEEK Learning
You’ll need to complete an undergraduate degree in science, and many Botanists go on to complete postgraduate studies.

  1. Consider a Bachelor of Science majoring in botany or plant science. The course will take 3 years full-time and will require you to have completed year 12 with a satisfactory ATAR or gain access via an alternative entry route.
  2. Go on to complete a Master of Science with a research component, and elect to do your thesis on a suitable aspect of botany. This will take 1.5 years full-time, and you’ll need an undergraduate degree to enter the program.

Compare your salary

Find out how your salary compares with the average salary for Botanists
Enter your annual salary
Compare your salary

Latest Botanist jobs on SEEK

Be one of the first to discover these recently listed jobs, or browse all Botanist jobs on SEEK right now.

Top skills and experience requested in recent job ads

Hi there, have any of these? Add your skills directly to your SEEK Profile.

Skills listed in your SEEK Profile

Based on your skills, here are some roles to explore

Roles where your skills are commonly valued by employers.
Sign in and add skills to your SEEK Profile, to see roles that match your skill-set
Did you find this helpful?
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

Upskill with an online short course

Get instant access to online training for these in-demand Botanist skills

Is Botanist the right role for me?

Job market trends for Botanists


Job opportunities

Botanist jobs on SEEK
Jobs on SEEK right now
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK role reviews

Latest Botanist reviews

Latest review from 1 Botanist surveyed on SEEK.

May 2021
Botany: engaging with the wilds!
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Environmental Science
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Terrestrial Ecology
The good things
Great variability between field work and report writing, keeps the job fresh and exciting. Constantly learning new skills and relevant information due to diverse range of tasks and environments. Neve...
The challenges
The work can be constantly changing, so being flexible and open minded is very important. Learning to manage this variability will make working far more enjoyable. The work hours can be exhausting so...
Read more

Want to share insights on your current role?

Leave a role review for your chance to win a $100 GiftPay card – it only takes a few minutes.

Source: SEEK role reviews