Supporting a family these days can be hard, but it is do-able. After students graduate from BYU-Idaho the next step is to find a job doing something they love. Salaries can be a big factor in these decisions. The University of Georgia has done a study in our industry in the United States to find out what the average salary is. Across the three different degrees we offer - Floral Design, Design/Build, and Production - the average salary range in the United States is $40,000-$75,000. This is a very promising number to our industry, but it’s not the only good news to offer. According to the Economic Research Institute, Fort Worth, TX has the highest average salary at $91,977. Not only does Fort Worth, TX have the highest average salary but the Fort Worth area is also a very affordable place to live. The cost of living ratio is only 2.9 compared to Salinas, CA, where quite a few major nurseries are located, and which has a ratio higher than 5.1 according to Forbes. The key to finding a great job that also pays well is not being tied to a geographical location. Look at a map and just say “I’ll go where I need to go.”
Our aim for the Department of Horticulture at Brigham Young University-Idaho is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue an Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunitues.