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Spring 2005 Vol. 49, Number 1

Careers in the green industry: Jobs for people with green thumbs

Business is blooming for workers who plan landscapes, sow seeds, and tend to plant growth. Dig into these descriptions of green-industry occupations and some suggestions for how to enter them.

Do you enjoy working with flowers, trees, and greenery? Would you like to turn backyards into natural showplaces? How about growing and maintaining the turf on a football field? If so, you might be on a green career path.

Some “green industry” occupations, such as landscape architect, require formal education; others do not. People often start out in grounds maintenance or retail jobs, for example, and work their way, by acquiring either education or experience or both, into occupations that require more skill and offer higher pay.

This article examines the green industry: its occupations, its working conditions, and ways to get started. Resources for learning more about the industry and the occupations in it are at the end of the article. And a box on page 28 defines the industry and identifies the types of places where plant lovers often work.

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Last Updated: September 9, 2005