Horticultural Technicians

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 1.5 million people employed in landscape and horticultural services.


Quick Facts
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
Alternate Title(s) Arboriculture Technicians, Floriculture Technicians, Horticultural-Specialty Growers, Nursery-Operation Technicians, Plant Propagators, Turfgrass Technicians
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
Experience Prior landscaping, gardening, or other related experience helpful
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Nursery Owner
  • Horticulturalist/Horticultural Inspector
  • Horticultural Technician