Careers Working With Plants & Flowers

Those who enjoy working with plants and flowers have various careers available to them that range in education requirements. Find out about some of these professions, their median salaries and expected job growth rates.

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Career Options Working with Plants and Flowers

Careers working with plants and flowers are available in several different fields, including design, science and management. Here we discuss a few of the professionals who work with plants and flowers and compare their various job duties.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2016-2026)*
Floral Designers $25,850 -6% (Decline)
Landscape Architects $63,480 6%
Grounds Maintenance Workers $26,830 10%
Agricultural and Food Scientists $62,920 7%
Agricultural Managers $66,360 (Farmers, Ranchers, & other Agricultural Managers) 7% (Farmers, Ranchers, & other Agricultural Managers)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Floral Designers

Floral designers use various plants and flowers to create beautiful displays. They may use live or dried flowers and plants to make arrangements within a customer's budget for different occasions, like funerals or weddings. They also choose any necessary accessories, such as ribbons, to maintain the desired style and coordinate the details concerning delivery of the arrangement. Floral designers usually learn on the job and have a high school diploma.

Landscape Architects

Landscape architects choose different plants and flowers to use as they design yards and various outdoor areas. They may design landscaping for private homes, campuses, businesses or parks, which requires them to meet with their clients, determine specifications for the designs and estimate the total cost. Landscape architects may use computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software for their designs and research environmental reports concerning the land conditions of the project. Most of these professionals have to complete an internship to obtain a state license and hold a bachelor's or master's degree in landscape architecture or a related field.

Grounds Maintenance Workers

Grounds maintenance workers often work with a wide range of plants and flowers as they care for different outdoor spaces. Some of these workers may spray plants and flowers with pesticides and fertilizers, water them and trim them as necessary. Grounds maintenance workers also plant trees, flowers and other plants, remove dead trees, mow lawns and examine plants for overall health. These workers don't commonly need a formal education, but may need a license to work with fertilizers or pesticides. Some positions might require postsecondary education or certifications.

Agricultural and Food Scientists

Agricultural and food scientists tend to work with crops and other plants and flowers that are used as food sources. Some of these scientists, such as plant and soil scientists, specialize in improving crop yields by reducing weeds and pests and/or improving soil conditions. Other agricultural and food scientists analyze food, discover new foods and figure out ways to make processed foods safer, all of which may involve studying various plants. Many agricultural and food scientists hold an advanced degree, but they need at least a bachelor's degree.

Agricultural Managers

Some agricultural managers may work in greenhouses, nurseries or other establishments where they care for different plants and flowers. These managers typically oversee the staff of the establishment and manage the budget for the organization. Nursery and greenhouse managers may apply pesticides and fertilizers to help the production of their plants, flowers and trees. Most of these workers learn on the job and have a high school diploma, but some positions may require postsecondary education.

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