Nursery Workers
SOC: 45-2092.01

Description:

Work in nursery facilities or at customer location planting, cultivating, harvesting, and transplanting trees, shrubs, or plants.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
470,200 employed

Projected (2024):
427,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Baller
  • Budder
  • Bulb Grower
  • Bulb Packer
  • Bulb Planter
  • Bulb Weeder
  • Caretaker
  • Cutter
  • Field Hand
  • Florist Helper
  • Flower Cutter
  • Flower Picker
  • Flower Planter
  • Flower Stripper
  • Garden Center Employee
  • Geranium Specialist
  • Grafter
  • Greenhouse Assistant
  • Greenhouse Helper
  • Greenhouse Laborer
  • Greenhouse Manager
  • Greenhouse or Nursery Transplanter
  • Greenhouse Specialist
  • Greenhouse Worker
  • Ground Worker
  • Groundman
  • Grounds and Nursery Specialist
  • Grower
  • Hand Cultivator
  • Harvester
  • Herb Digger
  • Herb Specialist
  • Horticultural Specialty Grower
  • Horticultural Worker
  • Horticulture Worker
  • Laborer
  • Landscape Foreman
  • Landscape Nurseryman
  • Nursery Harvester
  • Nursery Helper
  • Nursery Laborer
  • Nursery Plant Maintainer
  • Nursery Worker
  • Nurseryman Assistant
  • Orchid Hand
  • Orchid Transplanter
  • Packer
  • Picker
  • Plant Nursery Worker
  • Plant Production Worker
  • Planting Material Carrier
  • Planting Material Remover
  • Planting Material Unloader
  • Potter
  • Propagation Worker
  • Propagator Laborer
  • Replanter
  • Replanting Machine Crew
  • Sprinkling Worker
  • Transplant Worker
  • Transplanter
  • Tree Surgeon Helper
  • Tree Wrapper
  • Watering Worker
  • Weeder


  • Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.

    Education:

    Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Plant, spray, weed, fertilize, and water plants, shrubs, and trees, using hand tools and gardening tools.
  • Harvest plants, and transplant or pot and label them.
  • Feel plants' leaves and note their coloring to detect the presence of insects or disease.
  • Operate tractors and other machinery and equipment to fertilize, cultivate, harvest, and spray fields and plants.
  • Inspect plants and bud ties to assess quality.
  • Dig, cut, and transplant seedlings, cuttings, trees, and shrubs.
  • Move containerized shrubs, plants, and trees, using wheelbarrows or tractors.
  • Clean work areas, and maintain grounds and landscaping.
  • Haul and spread topsoil, fertilizer, peat moss, and other materials to condition soil, using wheelbarrows or carts and shovels.
  • Maintain and repair irrigation and climate control systems.
  • Record information about plants and plant growth.
  • Sell and deliver plants and flowers to customers.
  • Fill growing tanks with water.
  • Tie and bunch flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees, wrap their roots, and pack them into boxes to fill orders.
  • Regulate greenhouse conditions, and indoor and outdoor irrigation systems.
  • Dig, rake, and screen soil, filling cold frames and hot beds in preparation for planting.
  • Dip cut flowers into disinfectant, count them into bunches, and place them in boxes to prepare them for storage and shipping.
  • Sow grass seed, or plant plugs of grass.
  • Maintain inventory, ordering materials as required.
  • Cut, roll, and stack sod.
  • Provide information and advice to the public regarding the selection, purchase, and care of products.
  • Fold and staple corrugated forms to make boxes used for packing horticultural products.
  • Trap and destroy pests such as moles, gophers, and mice, using pesticides.
  • Graft plants and trees into different rootstock to reduce disease by inserting and tying buds into incisions in rootstock.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Air compressors
  • Anvil pruners
  • Arborist saws
  • Battery booster cables
  • Battery power testers
  • Bed formers
  • Bed rollers
  • Bench grafting knives
  • Bow saws
  • Budding knives
  • Bulb planters
  • Canister gas masks
  • Carbon dioxide systems
  • Cargo trucks
  • Chain saw sharpeners
  • Chain saws
  • Compass saws
  • Compressed air sprayers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital calipers
  • Digital levels
  • Disk tillage equipment
  • Drafting compasses
  • Drip emitters
  • Drop spreaders
  • Drum rollers
  • Dust masks
  • Fertilizer injectors
  • Field forklifts
  • Floral snips
  • Fruit budding knives
  • Fruit pruners
  • Funnels
  • Garden bow rakes
  • Garden cultivators
  • Garden dusters
  • Garden hand seeders
  • Garden hoes
  • Garden spades
  • Garden spading forks
  • Grafting knives
  • Grass shears
  • Grease guns
  • Greenhouse irrigation systems
  • Greenhouse ventilation systems
  • Hacksaws
  • Hand drills
  • Hand held sprayers
  • Hand tallies
  • Handheld calculators
  • Handtrucks
  • Hanging spring scales
  • Hatchets
  • Hedge shears
  • Hook-and-blade pruners
  • Hose-end sprayers
  • Houseplant shears
  • Houseplant snips
  • Humidifiers
  • Humidity systems
  • Hydromulchers
  • Impulse sprinklers
  • Increment borers
  • Indoor/outdoor thermometers
  • Knife sharpeners
  • Laptop computers
  • Leaf rakes
  • Long arm pruners
  • Loppers
  • Mattocks
  • Measuring rules
  • Measuring tapes
  • Measuring wheels
  • Microtip snips
  • Mole grips
  • Mulch spreaders
  • Nail hammers
  • Open end wrenches
  • Oscillating sprinklers
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Pick axes
  • Pipe trailers
  • Planting augers
  • Plows
  • Pole pruners
  • Portable battery chargers
  • Portable electric drills
  • Portable generators
  • Post hole diggers
  • Power blowers
  • Power hedge trimmers
  • Pressure washers
  • Pruning knives
  • Pruning saws
  • Pruning sticks
  • Reel mowers
  • Respirators
  • Root pruning scissors
  • Rose budding knives
  • Rotary mowers
  • Rotary spreaders
  • Rotary tillers
  • Round point shovels
  • Rubber mallets
  • Safety goggles
  • Sand spreaders
  • Screen separators
  • Seed drills
  • Seed dryers
  • Seed tumblers
  • Sharpening stones
  • Siphon proportioners
  • Sledgehammers
  • Slotted screwdrivers
  • Soil augers
  • Soil moisture meters
  • Soil pH meters
  • Soil sampling tubes
  • Soil thermometers
  • Spray suits
  • Square point shovels
  • Stake drivers
  • Staple guns
  • String trimmers
  • Thorn strippers
  • Tie tape machines
  • Tractors
  • Transplanters
  • Transplanting trowels
  • Tree calipers
  • Tree diameter tapes
  • Tree feeding augers
  • Tree marking guns
  • Tree planting bars
  • Tree scale sticks
  • Tube cutters
  • Utility knives
  • Vertical mowers
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Wrecking bars
  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word


  • farming fishing and forestry


    industry stats

    SOC: 45-0000

    Total Employed: 454,230

    Average Annual Salary: $26,360