When you work in the landscaping industry, it is your job to perform maintenance duties to properties of your clients. You will need to work with a variety of tools, which may include hand tools, power tools, and other such equipment. The tasks that you will be performing may include mowing, planting, trimming, raking, fertilizing, and installing sprinklers. Different industries for landscaping may include architectural design, creative design, lawn services, and garden services.
The average salary for someone in the landscaping industry may be anything between thirty four thousand dollars a year and forty nine thousand dollars a year. The bonus for someone in the landscaping industry amounts between five hundred dollars and three thousand dollars. Extra profit is around between one thousand dollars and three thousand dollars, while commission pay is from three thousand dollars to thirteen thousand dollars. When all of this is added up, the total annual pay for someone in the landscaping business is between thirty five thousand dollars a year and fifty two thousand dollars a year.*
The type of education that a landscaper has could be a major factor in how much that person makes. For example, if a person has a Bachelor of Science in horticulture, then he or she will make anything between twenty six thousand dollars a year and thirty five thousand dollars a year. If he or she has a Bachelor of Arts in landscape architecture, then he or she will make anything between thirty nine thousand dollars a year and forty four thousand dollars a year. If he or she has a Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture, then he or she will make anything from thirty nine thousand dollars to fifty six thousand dollars.*
*According to the BLS, http://www.bls.gov/oco/
Job Description and Outlook
When you are in the landscaping business, it is your job to make the outdoor areas of your customer’s property visually pleasing. Landscapers are usually hired by different businesses, such as hotels, malls, golf courses, and even universities. Landscapers could also be hired by different homeowners who do not have the time to keep up with their yard. As a landscaper, it will be your job to trim hedges, pick weeds, and cut grass. You may also remove any trash that is found in the yard. In addition, you will probably add mulch to any areas that need it. Your job may also require you to plant any flowers or other vegetation in the yard. You will also remove any dying plants. This goes the same for any indoor gardens.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, landscaping jobs are expected to increase by eighteen percent from 2008 to 2018. This increase is faster than the average increase rate for all careers. In addition, the landscaping industry is expected to be one of the largest industries with the most available jobs. This is mostly because more workers will be needed to keep up with the increasing demand for lawn care.*
*According to the BLS, http://www.bls.gov/oco/
Training and Education Requirements
Technically, there is no minimum education requirement for entry-level positions in the landscaping industry. This is mainly because on the job training will be provided for all employees. However, if you plan to become a landscaping specialist, you may at least need a Bachelor’s degree. If you want to become a landscaping supervisor, you will only need a mixture of your high school diploma or your GED and on the job training. Your job training will include courses in horticulture, landscape design, arboriculture, and business.
If your job requires you to apply pesticides to vegetation, then you will need a license or a certificate in order to do so. In order to obtain this certificate or license, you will need to pass a certain test. The test will asks you about the correct use and disposal of herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. Some states may even require you to obtain a license for landscape contractors.
Many employers look for landscape employees who are motivated and responsible for themselves. This is mainly because not that much supervision is used on the job. If driving is required, employees will need to have a driver’s license, truck-driving experience, and a good driving record.
By having a certificate, you have improved the chances of advancing in the landscaping career. A certificate is essentially proof of your knowledge and experience. The Professional Grounds Management Society offers certification courses for grounds managers and grounds technicians. In order to obtain a grounds managers certification, you will need a Bachelor’s degree and four years of experience with two years as a supervisor. You could also have an Associate’s degree and six years of experience with three years as a supervisor. Lastly, you could have eight years of experience with four years a supervisor.
In order to obtain a certificate as a grounds technician, you will need to have your high school diploma or GED and at least two years of work experience.
The following associations provide services to landscaping employees:
- American Society of Landscape Architects
- Association of Professional Landscape Designers
- Professional Land Care Network
- Professional Grounds Management Society