Nursery Workers

General Information

Description

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

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Support Activities for Crop Production
  • Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only)
  • Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores

Job Outlook

Overall employment of agricultural workers is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028. 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. Employment of agricultural equipment operators is projected to increase 10 percent, faster than the average for all occupations, and faster than any other type of agricultural worker. Increased use of mechanization on farms is expected to lead to more jobs for agricultural equipment operators relative to farmworkers and laborers. Smaller farms that sell their products directly to consumers through venues such as farmer’s markets might create some new opportunities for agricultural workers. These direct-to-consumer farms have grown in popularity, and farmers at these operations may hire agricultural workers as an alternative to expensive machinery.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$24,320

State-by-state Salary

Gray states indicate no data available

$33,660
$18,080
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 55%
  • Less than high school 36%
  • First professional degree 3%
  • Some college 1%
  • Associate's degree 1%
  • Post baccalaureate 1%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Production and Processing
  • Administration and Management
  • Food Production
  • Biology
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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