7 jobs for people who have green thumbs
Gardening and landscaping jobs offer the kind of work you can really dig into.
If you love to work outside and prefer grass and plant life over wall-to-wall carpeting and computer terminals, consider gardening jobs or landscaping jobs. In plenty of instances in these positions, when you dig into your work, you literally dig into your work—but there are also jobs in the industry that don’t involve physical labor, such as landscape design.
Ready to get your hands dirty? Monster rounded up great jobs for gardeners and landscape lovers, using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and PayScale. Stick out that green thumb of yours and apply to some of these jobs for nature lovers.
What you’d do: Arborists care for and maintain trees and shrubs in a designated area, whether that means government, business or private property. Their duties can include planting, trimming and removing trees, making sure they don’t pose a hazard to roads or power lines.
What you’d need: A formal degree is usually not required, though a background or certification in landscape design, horticulture, or arboriculture could help you stand out from other candidates.
What you’d make: $18.83 per hour
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What you’d do: Gardening jobs can get quite scientific. In the world of plants, botanists are a combination of doctors, researchers, and protectors. The many areas of study that botanists focus on include the life cycle of plants, plants’ relationship to the environment, and the conservation of certain species of plants.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree in botany, plant science, plant biology, or general biology is generally required, though a master’s degree and/or PhD is likely necessary in advanced positions.
What you’d make: $49,832
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What you'd do: People who work as facilities managers may oversee parks, housing developments, or campuses and may also be responsible for structures. The job requires knowledge of a variety of equipment, such as large mowing tractors and special playground water pumps.
What you'd need: A bachelor's degree in engineering (or a related field) might be required, though some jobs will only ask that you have a high school diploma. Licensing may be required, depending on the kind of work you do. Experience is necessary.
What you'd make: $64,531 per year
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Garden center employee
What you'd do: Gardening center jobs often involve such duties as working with the plants and flowers, helping customers, and maintaining the store and grounds. Hours often vary depending on the season.
What you'd need: No formal education is required, but people who work in garden centers, even in entry-level positions, are expected to have some knowledge about the products they’re selling.
What you'd make: $11.24 per hour
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What you'd do: People who work as horticulturalists may manage large landscapes or parks, but generally focus more on caring for plants and trees than grass. To work in this position requires strong people management skills as well as a broad knowledge of gardening and plants.
What you'd need: Having an eye for design is also helpful, because you may be making the final decision about what should go where, and which plants grow well together. This job, to many, has been described as a gardener’s dream.
What you'd make: $14.85 per hour
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What you'd do: Landscape architects design gardens, lawns, and other green spaces to meet the needs of the client and match the constraints of the space and climate. It’s physically demanding at times, so you need to have the stamina to see the work through.
What you'd need: Most states require a license, which likely includes a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture and a passing grade on the Landscape Architect Registration Examination.
What you'd make: $65,760 per year
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What you'd do: People who work in turf management or grounds management take care of the turf in stadiums, golf courses, or sports complexes. “There’s a strong need for people who can manage these athletic facilities,” says Cale A. Bigelow, a professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue University. For example, even though the golf industry’s growth has slowed and new courses aren’t being built at a rapid pace, the need for people who can manage existing courses remains high. People who have a background in turf management can also work for large lawn and landscape companies that contract their services to maintain decorative lawns for clients such as businesses or college campuses.
What you'd need: No formal education is required, but you may need a license to handle certain pesticides.
What you'd make: $50,310 per year
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