Horticultural Technicians


Overview

Horticultural Technicians

Introduction

Horticultural technicians cultivate and market plants and flowers that make human surroundings more beautiful. They plant and care for ground cover and trees in parks, on playgrounds, along public highways, and in other areas. They also landscape public and private lands. There are approximately 994,900 people employed in landscape and horticultural services.

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Median Salary

$29,000

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma


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Experience

Prior landscaping, gardening, or other related experience helpful


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Skills

Business Management


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Personality Traits

Creative

Earnings

Because of the wide range of jobs available to technicians, average hourly wages vary. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2018 landscaping and groundskeeping workers earned an average of $13.94 an hour (approximately $29,000 annually for full-time work), with the lowest 10 percent earning $9.98 an hour (or $20,760 annually) and the highest 10 percent earning more than $21.47 an h...

Work Environment

Horticultural technicians generally work a 40-hour week. Those who work in parks are often required to work weekends and some summer evenings. Whether working indoors in a greenhouse or florist shop, or outdoors in a park or on a golf course, they are surrounded by beauty. However, the job requires work in all kinds of weather. Arboriculture technicians, landscape developers, and turfgrass tech...

Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment for grounds maintenance workers is expected to grow faster than the average through 2028, while employment for farmworkers and laborers-crop, nursery, and greenhouse is expected to grow more slowly than the average. High turnover in this industry continually provides openings. Many horticultural technicians work only part time, so employers ...

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