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Potential Career Paths

Graduates of the Turfgrass Science major find employment in all sectors of the turfgrass industry.

What types of career opportunities are there?

Those who choose to work within the turfgrass industry can be found working in the following positions.

  • Golf Course Superintendent - Organizes and directs maintenance of public and private golf course facilities.
  • Athletic Field Manager - Organizes and directs maintenance of athletic fields and grounds.
  • Lawn Specialist - Works with professional lawn care company to supply expertise and service to residential and commercial property owners.
  • Landscape Contracting and Maintenance Specialist - Works with landscape contracting and maintenance firms to supply expertise and service to residential and commercial property owners.
  • Industrial Representative - Sells and services turfgrass products, including equipment, fertilizers, seed, pesticides, and others.
  • Vegetation Manager - Work with Department of Transportation to provide expertise in managing vegetation along roadsides.
  • Conservationist - Work with environmental consulting firms to help landowners and users control erosion and pollution; promotes the wise use of natural resources.
  • Cemetery Manager - Organizes and directs maintenance of landscapes of large cemetery operations.
  • Research Aide - Helps conduct field and laboratory research experiments.
  • Sod Farm Manager - Uses sound management practices to increase productivity.
  • International Turfgrass Specialist - Assists with development and establishment of golf courses in foreign countries.
  • Turfgrass Scientist - After graduate training, may work in university teaching, research, or extension or participate in industrial research and development.