Career Paths

Students in the Plant Biology and Conservation Graduate Program go on to pursue careers in the public and private sectors and in academia. Alumni are working for a wide range of places, including the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Chicago Park District, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Morton Arboretum, the USGS, and Portland Parks and Recreation Urban Forestry. Visit our alumni page to learn more.

Northwestern University also provides a range of career services to assist students.

Northwestern Career Advancement

Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) provides comprehensive career services to all life sciences graduate students considering non-academic as well as academic careers. NCA staff assist students with career decision-making by helping them explore and re-clarify interests, values, and skills through one-on-one counseling meetings and career assessments.

NCA staff also assist students in identifying and utilizing online materials to research employers and careers of interest to them. Staff work closely with students to help them develop individualized job search strategies and refine job search skills (resumes, CVs, interviewing). More detailed information can be found on the Northwestern Career Advancement website.

Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching

The Searle Center is a valuable resource for students interested in improving their teaching skills in preparation for an academic career. Additional information about the Searle Center programs can be found on the Searle Center website.

The Graduate School Programs

TGS Professional Development. The Graduate School provides resources and programming for the various phases of professional development for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.