Landscapers and Grounds Managers

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Landscapers and grounds managers plan, design, and maintain gardens, parks, lawns, and other landscaped areas and supervise the care of the trees, plants, and shrubs that are part of these areas. Specific job responsibilities depend on the type of area involved. Landscapers and grounds managers direct projects at private homes, parks, schools, arboretums, office parks, shopping malls, government offices, and botanical gardens. They are responsible for purchasing material and supplies and for training, directing, and supervising employees. Grounds managers maintain the land after the landscaping designs have been implemented. They work alone or supervise a grounds staff. They may have their own business or be employed by a landscaping firm. There are approximately 976,840 grounds maintenance workers in the United States; 103,000 workers are in management positions.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Arborists, City Foresters, Golf Course Superintendents, Greens Superintendents, Greenskeepers, Grounds Maintenance Workers, Industrial-Commercial Grounds Managers, Landscape Contractors, Lawn-Service Workers, Parks-And-Grounds Managers, Pest Management Scouts, Tree Surgeons, Tree-Trimming Supervisors, Turf Grass Consultants
Duties Plan, design, and maintain parks, lawns, gardens, and other landscaped areas and supervise the care of the trees, plants, and shrubs that are part of these areas
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are especially strong in temperate areas where landscaping services are needed year round
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
Experience Prior landscaping experience required
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Consultant or Business Owner
  • Greens Superintendent
  • Grounds Manager
  • Landscaper