Horticultural Therapists

Horticultural therapists combine their love of plants and nature with their desire to help people improve their lives. They use gardening, plant care, and other nature activities as therapy tools for helping their clients to feel better by doing such things as focusing on a project, improving social skills, and being physically active. In addition to these benefits, clients experience emotional benefits, such as feeling secure, responsible, and needed. Horticultural therapists' clients can include nursing home residents, psychiatric patients, prison inmates, at-risk youth, and those with mental disabilities. Horticultural therapists often work as part of a health care team, which may include doctors, physical therapists, nurses, social workers, and others.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Evaluate their clients to provide assignments that will enhance their mental and emotional health; use a wide understanding of seeds and plants; and think creatively to tailor successful projects to clients
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Psychology
Experience Previous experience in horticulture; part-time or volunteer work
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Social
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Horticultural Therapy Consultant
  • Horticultural Therapist
  • Horticultural Therapy Assistant
  • Horticultural Activities Specialist

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