Nursery and Greenhouse Worker

Nursery and Greenhouse Worker

Career Overview

Nursery and greenhouse workers take care of plants in a nursery by starting them from seedlings, spraying them with fertilizer and insecticide, pruning them when necessary, and loading them onto trucks for delivery to customers.


A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary to obtain these positions. Completing a program in horticulture or a related field would make an individual more employable. These programs are typically offered through colleges.

Future Outlook

Overall employment of agricultural workers is projected to grow 1 percent from 2019 to 2029, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite increased demand for crops and other agricultural products, employment growth is expected to be tempered as agricultural establishments continue to use technologies that increase output per farmworker.

Work Environment

Nursery and greenhouse workers work in nurseries and greenhouses, research labs, and universities and colleges. They also work in the farming industry and for the government. These jobs can be physically demanding and require working outside under various weather conditions. This work may also be seasonal.

Recommended High School Courses

  • Math
  • Communication
  • Environmental science

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Dynamic Strength - The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Plant crops, trees, or other plants.
  • Apply chemical solutions to plants to protect against disease or insects or to enhance growth.
  • Transport animals, crops, or equipment.
  • Sell agricultural products.
  • Harvest agricultural products.
  • Mark agricultural or forestry products for identification.
  • Operate irrigation systems.
  • Package agricultural products for shipment or further processing.
  • Evaluate quality of plants or crops.
  • Advise others on farming or forestry operations, regulations, or equipment.
  • Build agricultural structures.
  • Cut trees or logs.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Prepare land for agricultural use.
  • Capture or kill animals.
  • Clean equipment or facilities.
  • Operate farming equipment.


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Eastern Kentucky Universi...
Algonquin College
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Fanshawe College- Lond...
Kwantlen Polytechnic U...
Niagara College- Niaga...
Nova Scotia Community...
Olds College- Main Cam...
Thompson Rivers Univer...
University Of Guelph
Vancouver Island Univer...

Potential Scholarships

5 Strong Scholarship
Agnes M. Lindsay Scholars...

Approx Salary Expectation

Low End:
$22,850.00 /yr
$25,440.00 /yr
High End:
$38,990.00 /yr


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook,
Trend Analysis - Explorer the Market, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada
O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development,