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Horticultural Technicians

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Nursery-operation and floriculture technicians may advance to a management position in a garden center, greenhouse, flower shop, or other related retail business. These managers are responsible for the entire operation of a retail or wholesale outlet or a specific department of one. They maintain inventories, deal with customers and suppliers, hire, train, and supervise employees, direct advertising and promotion activities, and keep records and accounts. Technicians also advance to work as horticultural inspectors. Inspectors typically work for state or federal government agencies to examine plants, especially those that may be transported across state lines or those that are about to come into the United States. They look for insects and diseases, quarantine infested or sick plants, and see that forbidden plants are not brought across state or national borders. Arboriculture technicians find opportunities as garden superintendents, tree surgeons, and park supervisors. Turfgrass, or lawn care, technicians may advance to such positions as grounds superintendent, commercial sod grower, consultant, or park/golf course supervisor.

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