Topic – Employment
State – National
Sector – Agriculture

Horticulture is a branch of plant agriculture dealing with vegetables, ornamental plants and fruits. It is the science of development; sustainable production and marketing of high-yield and meticulously cultivated food and plants.

Available Job Roles: Horticultural Therapist; Horticultural Scientist/Researcher; Landscape Horticulturist; Floriculturist; Olericulturist; Pomologist; Viticulturist; Arboriculturist.

Key Skills Required: Analytical skills, Domain Knowledge, Demography Knowledge, Communication skills, Coordination, Management, Technical Knowledge.

What to study? 

Students wanting to pursue a career in Horticulture can explore the following pathways:

  • Path 1: Class XII in Science Stream; B.Sc (Agriculture); M.Sc (Horticulture); Ph.D (2-3 years)/Job.
  • Path 2:  Class XII in Science Stream; B.Sc (Horticulture); M.Sc (Horticulture); Ph.D (2-3 years)/Job.

Where to study?

Some of the best colleges/universities offering the best Horticulture programs in India and abroad are listed below:

India Abroad
  • Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Himachal Pradesh
  • ICAR- Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture, Uttar Pradesh
  • Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana
  • University of Horticultural Sciences, Karnataka
  • Daffodil College of Horticulture, Assam  
  • Cornell University, United States                                                            
  • Massey University, New Zealand
  • University of British Columbia, Canada 
  • Ghent University, Belgium  
  • Aarhus University, Denmark

Pros & Cons

  • Pros: Laboratory as well as the field work, Attractive work environment, Immense career opportunities
  • Cons: Involves lot of field work.


Top Recruiters

Some of the top recruiters for Horticulture graduates are Indian Forest Services, ICAR, Central/State Agricultural Universities, Agriplex Private Limited, AV Agritech Inputs Pvt Ltd, INI Farms, Highline Hemp Farms LLC, Premium Agritech start-ups etc. Graduates can also work independently as Landscaping Florist in Nurseries.