Horticultural Technicians

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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 976,840 people employed in landscape and horticultural services.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Arboriculture Technicians, Floriculture Technicians, Horticultural-Specialty Growers, Nursery-Operation Technicians, Plant Propagators, Turfgrass Technicians
Duties Raise and maintain plants for nurseries, greenhouses, and more; plan growing schedules and quantities for plants; regulate environmental conditions in growing facilities; plan and maintain landscaping projects on private and public lands
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
Experience Prior landscaping, gardening, or other related experience helpful
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Nursery Owner
  • Horticulturalist or Horticultural Inspector
  • Horticultural Technician