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45-2092.01 - Nursery Workers

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

Sample of reported job titles: Cutter, Field Hand, Garden Center Employee, Greenhouse Worker, Grower, Harvester, Nursery Harvester, Nursery Worker, Plant Production Worker, Transplant Worker

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Tasks

  • Plant, spray, weed, fertilize, and water plants, shrubs, and trees, using hand tools and gardening tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Harvest plants, and transplant or pot and label them. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Feel plants' leaves and note their coloring to detect the presence of insects or disease. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate tractors and other machinery and equipment to fertilize, cultivate, harvest, and spray fields and plants. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect plants and bud ties to assess quality. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dig, cut, and transplant seedlings, cuttings, trees, and shrubs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Move containerized shrubs, plants, and trees, using wheelbarrows or tractors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean work areas, and maintain grounds and landscaping. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Haul and spread topsoil, fertilizer, peat moss, and other materials to condition soil, using wheelbarrows or carts and shovels. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain and repair irrigation and climate control systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record information about plants and plant growth. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Sell and deliver plants and flowers to customers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fill growing tanks with water. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Tie and bunch flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees, wrap their roots, and pack them into boxes to fill orders. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Regulate greenhouse conditions, and indoor and outdoor irrigation systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dig, rake, and screen soil, filling cold frames and hot beds in preparation for planting. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dip cut flowers into disinfectant, count them into bunches, and place them in boxes to prepare them for storage and shipping. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Sow grass seed, or plant plugs of grass. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain inventory, ordering materials as required. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut, roll, and stack sod. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide information and advice to the public regarding the selection, purchase, and care of products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fold and staple corrugated forms to make boxes used for packing horticultural products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Trap and destroy pests such as moles, gophers, and mice, using pesticides. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Agricultural rollers — Bed formers; Bed rollers; Drum rollers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Agricultural tractors — Tractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air dryers — Seed dryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Axes — Pick axes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Battery chargers — Battery booster cables; Portable battery chargers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Battery testers — Battery power testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Broadcast spreaders — Garden hand seeders; Mulch spreaders; Rotary spreaders; Sand spreaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Digital calipers; Tree calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cargo trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cleaning machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables — Seed tumblers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Coiled tubing injector heads — Siphon proportioners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compasses — Drafting compasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Counters — Hand tallies See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cultivators — Garden cultivators; Rotary tillers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digging bars — Bulb planters; Tree feeding augers; Tree planting bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Disks — Disk tillage equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dusters — Garden dusters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fertilizer spreaders or distributors — Drop spreaders; Fertilizer injectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forestry increment borers — Increment borers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts — Field forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas generators — Portable generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas masks — Canister gas masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grease guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Greenhouse irrigation equipment — Greenhouse irrigation systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Greenhouse ventilation equipment — Carbon dioxide systems; Greenhouse ventilation systems; Humidifiers; Humidity systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grinding machines — Chain saw sharpeners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grinding wheels — Knife sharpeners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hacksaw — Hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Nail hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand sprayers — Hand held sprayers; Hose-end sprayers; Tree marking guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand trucks or accessories — Handtrucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld thermometer — Soil thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hatchets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hedge clippers — Hedge shears; Power hedge trimmers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • High branch shears — Pole pruners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoes — Garden hoes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Industrial funnels — Funnels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Integrated tool carriers — Pipe trailers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Irrigation trickles — Drip emitters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Label making tapes — Tie tape machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lawnmowers — Reel mowers; Rotary mowers; Vertical mowers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Digital levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers — Mole grips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Masks or accessories — Dust masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Measuring rods — Tree scale sticks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Measuring wheels for distance — Measuring wheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Moisture meters — Soil moisture meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Open end wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH meters — Soil pH meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Picks — Mattocks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe or tube cutter — Tube cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Planters — Planting augers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ploughs — Plows See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pocket calculator — Handheld calculators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Post hole digger — Post hole diggers; Stake drivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power blowers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Hand drills; Portable electric drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Chain saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power trimmers — String trimmers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — Pressure washers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective coveralls — Spray suits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pry bars — Wrecking bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pull spring balances — Hanging spring scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rakes — Garden bow rakes; Leaf rakes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rubber mallet — Rubber mallets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers — Measuring rules See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Saws — Arborist saws; Bow saws; Compass saws; Pruning saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Slotted screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Secateurs or pruning shears — Grass shears; Loppers; Root pruning scissors; Thorn strippers (see all 13 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Seed drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Seeder attachment — Hydromulchers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sharpening stones or tools or kits — Sharpening stones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shovels — Round point shovels; Square point shovels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soil core sampling apparatus — Soil augers; Soil sampling tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spades — Garden spades; Garden spading forks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sprayers — Compressed air sprayers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Staple guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stationary separation equipment or parts or screens — Screen separators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surface thermometers — Indoor/outdoor thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes; Tree diameter tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Transplanters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Trowels — Transplanting trowels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives — Bench grafting knives; Budding knives; Pruning knives; Rose budding knives (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water sprinklers — Impulse sprinklers; Oscillating sprinklers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheelbarrows See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Electronic mail software — IBM Lotus Notes See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Package agricultural products for shipment or further processing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut trees or logs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate quality of plants or crops. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mark agricultural or forestry products for identification. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain operational records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean equipment or facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Capture or kill animals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise others on farming or forestry operations, regulations, or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Transport animals, crops, or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate farming equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply chemical solutions to plants to protect against disease or insects or to enhance growth. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sell agricultural products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Plant crops, trees, or other plants. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Harvest agricultural products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate irrigation systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Build agricultural structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare land for agricultural use. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Spend Time Standing — 55% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 46% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 53% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 54% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 40% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 47% responded “Contact with others most of the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 58% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 43% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 53% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 43% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 54% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 30% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Under Cover — 50% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 40% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 35% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 33% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 54% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 29% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 28% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 40% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 31% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed
Education Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Related Experience Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Job Zone Examples These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include taxi drivers, amusement and recreation attendants, counter and rental clerks, nonfarm animal caretakers, continuous mining machine operators, and waiters/waitresses.
SVP Range (Below 4.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
57   High school diploma or equivalent Help
23   Less than high school diploma
13   Doctoral degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: R

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse.
Employment data collected from Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse.
Industry data collected from Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse.

Median wages (2014) $9.17 hourly, $19,060 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 597,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 181,100
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Agricultural Workers external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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