Finding Your Fit
Landscaping and horticulture careers are interesting, challenging and creative. Your work site may be a park, backyard or business. Or you may design landscapes using the latest CAD technology. Work for yourself or work for a successful landscape company—the choice is yours. Career options include:
Arborists study and care for trees and woody plants. An arborist's day may include climbing trees to prune branches or check for insect damage. Back on the ground, arborists apply fertilizer to trees and plants and trim shrubs. Arborists are alert to diseases and environmental problems that affect woody plants and practice maintenance techniques to ensure the plants' health and beauty.
Landscape designers use drafting tools and techniques including CADD software to design landscaped areas for residential and business properties and community areas. Landscape design includes identifying plants appropriate to the landscape, estimating project costs and materials and presenting concepts to clients.
Beautiful landscapes often include hardscaping—using materials such as wood, stone and cement to create structures that complement plant materials. Landscape construction involves reading blueprints, estimating, surveying, and installing landscapes.
Greenhouse Management and Operations
Greenhouse operation requires a mix of plant knowledge and business skills. Greenhouse personnel maintain nursery crops, share landscaping and plant care expertise with customers, and perform day-to-day nursery operations. Greenhouse technicians are specialists in the propagation and care of greenhouse crops. They are familiar with greenhouse environmental systems and know detailed information about plant care techniques.