Nursery Owners and Managers

Nursery owners and managers are responsible for all aspects of the operation of a nursery, garden center, or greenhouse—from growing, feeding, transplanting, and protecting plants to overseeing day-to-day operations (including sales, marketing, human resources, customer relations, building upkeep, and accounting).

Quick Facts
Duties Supervise the selection, planting, fertilizing, harvesting, and selling of all plants in the nursery; select and purchase seeds, fertilizer, and any machinery used in the planting cycle; operate and repair machinery and maintain nursery facilities
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) California, Texas, Iowa, Illinois, and Washington, but opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Mathematics
Experience Several years' experience
  • Business Management
  • Financial
  • Leadership
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Regional Sales Manager of National Garden Supplier
  • Nursery Owner
  • Nursery Manager
  • Horticultural Technician
  • Sales Worker

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