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Plan, organize, direct, control, and coordinate activities of workers engaged in propagating, cultivating, and harvesting horticultural specialties, such as trees, shrubs, flowers, mushrooms, and other plants.

    Work Activities
    • Manage nurseries that grow horticultural plants for sale to trade or retail customers, for display or exhibition, or for research.
    • Identify plants as well as problems such as diseases, weeds, and insect pests.
    • Tour work areas to observe work being done, to inspect crops, and to evaluate plant and soil conditions.
    • Assign work schedules and duties to nursery or greenhouse staff, and supervise their work.
    • Determine plant growing conditions, such as greenhouses, hydroponics, or natural settings, and set planting and care schedules.
    • Apply pesticides and fertilizers to plants.
    • Hire employees, and train them in gardening techniques.
    • Determine types and quantities of horticultural plants to be grown, based on budgets, projected sales volumes, or executive directives.
    • Select and purchase seeds, plant nutrients, disease control chemicals, and garden and lawn care equipment.
    • Explain and enforce safety regulations and policies.
    • Position and regulate plant irrigation systems, and program environmental and irrigation control computers.
    • Inspect facilities and equipment for signs of disrepair, and perform necessary maintenance work.
    • Coordinate clerical, record-keeping, inventory, requisitioning, and marketing activities.
    • Prepare soil for planting, and plant or transplant seeds, bulbs, and cuttings.
    • Confer with horticultural personnel to plan facility renovations or additions.
    • Cut and prune trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants.
    • Provide information to customers on the care of trees, shrubs, flowers, plants, and lawns.
    • Construct structures and accessories such as greenhouses and benches.
    • Negotiate contracts such as those for land leases or tree purchases.
    • Graft plants.
    Skills
    • Management of Personnel Resources

      Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • 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.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge
    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Personnel and Human Resources

      Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $73,030/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $35.11/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 75,880
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,290
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Leadership
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Initiative
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation
    Tools
    • Water sprinklers
    • Sprayers
    • Secateurs or pruning shears
    • Irrigation trickles
    • Greenhouse irrigation equipment
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Internet browser software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.