Botanists study all types of plants and often work outdoors as well as in labs to gather samples of evidence to test their hypotheses. They can help to increase our knowledge of plants for farming and study the effects of pollution. This career requires at least a Bachelor’s Degree. To prepare for this career you might plant and maintain a garden, keep a nature journal that includes labeled diagrams and data tables, and participate in nature programs. Potential salary: $63,000/year.