Landscaping

Landscaping and grounds maintenance workers ensure that the grounds of houses, businesses, and parks are attractive, orderly, and healthy.

Skills include:

  • Plant, transplant, prune and maintain trees, shrubs, and flowers
  • Mow, edge, rake, seed, fertilize, and treat lawns
  • Build retaining walls, patios/terraces, fences, and bed borders
  • Install and maintain water features like ponds and fountains
  • Install low-voltage lighting projects like solar outdoor lighting
  • Weed and mulch landscape beds
  • Water lawns, landscapes, and gardens
  • Use green building techniques to conserve energy resources
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Demands of the Job

Landscapers maintain grounds for homeowners, developments, schools, shopping centers, parks, hospitals, and other outdoor areas. More than simply planting and maintaining gardens and lawns, landscaping can involve building terraces and retaining walls and installing outdoor lighting and rainwater collection systems. Much of the work is outdoors and is physically demanding — including bending, climbing, lifting, kneeling, and standing for long periods. If you enjoy outdoor physical work in the natural environment, landscaping could be a great choice for you.

CAREER
OPPORTUNITIES

Employment of landscaping workers is projected to grow than the average for all skilled trades occupations. Opportunities for non-seasonal work are best in areas where landscaping services are required all year. Facility management companies, land developers, nurseries, general contractors, and remodelers hire entry-level landscapers.

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Average Wage:

$12.44 per hour

Find a Program or Site

Positions

  • Landscape Contractor
  • Landscape Designer
  • Groundskeeper
  • Instructor
  • Product Sales
  • Landscape Installer
  • Apprentice
  • Landscape Helper

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