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Plant Pathology


Plant Pathology is the scientific study of plant diseases caused by pathogens (infectious diseases) and environmental conditions (physiological factors). Organisms that cause infectious disease include fungi, oomycetes, bacteria, viruses, viroids, virus-like organisms, phytoplasmas, protozoa, nematodes and parasitic plants. Not included are insects, mites, vertebrate or other pests that affect plant health by consumption of plant tissues.

Plant Pathology also involves the study of the identification, etiology, disease cycle, economic impact, epidemiology, pathosystem genetics and management of plant diseases.

Careers

Biochemists and Biophysicists
Wage: $88,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 15.9%
Self Employed: 2.5%
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Employed Part Time: 7.3%

Education Requirements:
Doctoral degree
Biological Scientists
Wage: $82,840
10 Year Growth Rate: 3.7%
Self Employed: 3.2%
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Employed Part Time: 7.3%

Education Requirements:
Doctoral degree
Microbiologists
Wage: $67,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 11.2%
Self Employed: 2.7%
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Employed Part Time: 7.3%

Education Requirements:
Doctoral degree