In general, a plant geneticist will plan and perform experiments in the lab and possible continue to work with those plants in greenhouses and in the fields. You can work for a company to create new products or do independent research at a university. You may use cross-breeding or genetic engineering (i.e., changing the plant's DNA) to give the plants a desirable trait, like growing larger, resistance to crop diseases, etc. You will write up reports of your work to either publish in scientific journals or for the company you are working for. I worked for a plant biotech company many years ago, and being able to work in the lab and outdoors was a great combo!
Rachel recommends the following next steps:
- Check out this overview of a career in plant genetics https://www.agexplorer.com/career/plant-geneticist