Summary Report for:
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
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Plant, spray, weed, fertilize, and water plants, shrubs, and trees, using hand tools and gardening tools.
- Harvest plants, and transplant or pot and label them.
- Feel plants' leaves and note their coloring to detect the presence of insects or disease.
- Operate tractors and other machinery and equipment to fertilize, cultivate, harvest, and spray fields and plants.
- Inspect plants and bud ties to assess quality.
- Dig, cut, and transplant seedlings, cuttings, trees, and shrubs.
- Move containerized shrubs, plants, and trees, using wheelbarrows or tractors.
- Clean work areas, and maintain grounds and landscaping.
- Haul and spread topsoil, fertilizer, peat moss, and other materials to condition soil, using wheelbarrows or carts and shovels.
- Maintain and repair irrigation and climate control systems.
- Record information about plants and plant growth.
- Sell and deliver plants and flowers to customers.
- Fill growing tanks with water.
- Tie and bunch flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees, wrap their roots, and pack them into boxes to fill orders.
- Regulate greenhouse conditions, and indoor and outdoor irrigation systems.
- Dig, rake, and screen soil, filling cold frames and hot beds in preparation for planting.
- Dip cut flowers into disinfectant, count them into bunches, and place them in boxes to prepare them for storage and shipping.
- Sow grass seed, or plant plugs of grass.
- Maintain inventory, ordering materials as required.
- Cut, roll, and stack sod.
- Provide information and advice to the public regarding the selection, purchase, and care of products.
- Fold and staple corrugated forms to make boxes used for packing horticultural products.
- Trap and destroy pests such as moles, gophers, and mice, using pesticides.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches
- Agricultural rollers — Bed formers; Bed rollers; Drum rollers
- Agricultural tractors — Tractors
- Air compressors
- Air dryers — Seed dryers
- Axes — Pick axes
- Battery chargers — Battery booster cables; Portable battery chargers
- Battery testers — Battery power testers
- Broadcast spreaders — Garden hand seeders; Mulch spreaders; Rotary spreaders; Sand spreaders
- Calipers — Digital calipers; Tree calipers
- Cargo trucks
- Cleaning machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables — Seed tumblers
- Coiled tubing injector heads — Siphon proportioners
- Compasses — Drafting compasses
- Counters — Hand tallies
- Cultivators — Garden cultivators; Rotary tillers
- Desktop computers
- Digging bars — Bulb planters; Tree feeding augers; Tree planting bars
- Disks — Disk tillage equipment
- Dusters — Garden dusters
- Fertilizer spreaders or distributors — Drop spreaders; Fertilizer injectors
- Forestry increment borers — Increment borers
- Forklifts — Field forklifts
- Gas generators — Portable generators
- Gas masks — Canister gas masks
- Goggles — Safety goggles
- Grease guns
- Greenhouse irrigation equipment — Greenhouse irrigation systems
- Greenhouse ventilation equipment — Carbon dioxide systems; Greenhouse ventilation systems; Humidifiers; Humidity systems
- Grinding machines — Chain saw sharpeners
- Grinding wheels — Knife sharpeners
- Hacksaw — Hacksaws
- Hammers — Nail hammers
- Hand sprayers — Hand held sprayers; Hose-end sprayers; Tree marking guns
- Hand trucks or accessories — Handtrucks
- Handheld thermometer — Soil thermometers
- Hedge clippers — Hedge shears; Power hedge trimmers
- High branch shears — Pole pruners
- Hoes — Garden hoes
- Industrial funnels — Funnels
- Integrated tool carriers — Pipe trailers
- Irrigation trickles — Drip emitters
- Label making tapes — Tie tape machines
- Lawnmowers — Reel mowers; Rotary mowers; Vertical mowers
- Levels — Digital levels
- Locking pliers — Mole grips
- Masks or accessories — Dust masks
- Measuring rods — Tree scale sticks
- Measuring wheels for distance — Measuring wheels
- Moisture meters — Soil moisture meters
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Open end wrenches
- pH meters — Soil pH meters
- Picks — Mattocks
- Pipe or tube cutter — Tube cutters
- Planters — Planting augers
- Ploughs — Plows
- Pocket calculator — Handheld calculators
- Post hole digger — Post hole diggers; Stake drivers
- Power blowers
- Power drills — Hand drills; Portable electric drills
- Power saws — Chain saws
- Power trimmers — String trimmers
- Pressure or steam cleaners — Pressure washers
- Protective coveralls — Spray suits
- Pry bars — Wrecking bars
- Pull spring balances — Hanging spring scales
- Rakes — Garden bow rakes; Leaf rakes
- Rubber mallet — Rubber mallets
- Rulers — Measuring rules
- Saws — Arborist saws; Bow saws; Compass saws; Pruning saws
- Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Slotted screwdrivers
- Secateurs or pruning shears — Grass shears; Loppers; Root pruning scissors; Thorn strippers (see all 13 examples)
- Seed drills
- Seeder attachment — Hydromulchers
- Sharpening stones or tools or kits — Sharpening stones
- Shovels — Round point shovels; Square point shovels
- Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers
- Soil core sampling apparatus — Soil augers; Soil sampling tubes
- Spades — Garden spades; Garden spading forks
- Sprayers — Compressed air sprayers
- Staple guns
- Stationary separation equipment or parts or screens — Screen separators
- Surface thermometers — Indoor/outdoor thermometers
- Tape measures — Measuring tapes; Tree diameter tapes
- Trowels — Transplanting trowels
- Utility knives — Bench grafting knives; Budding knives; Pruning knives; Rose budding knives (see all 6 examples)
- Water sprinklers — Impulse sprinklers; Oscillating sprinklers
Technology used in this occupation:
- Electronic mail software — IBM Lotus Notes
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
- Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
- Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- 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.
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- 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.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- 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.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
Detailed Work Activities
- Package agricultural products for shipment or further processing.
- Cut trees or logs.
- Evaluate quality of plants or crops.
- Mark agricultural or forestry products for identification.
- Maintain operational records.
- Clean equipment or facilities.
- Capture or kill animals.
- Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
- Advise others on farming or forestry operations, regulations, or equipment.
- Transport animals, crops, or equipment.
- Operate farming equipment.
- Apply chemical solutions to plants to protect against disease or insects or to enhance growth.
- Sell agricultural products.
- Plant crops, trees, or other plants.
- Harvest agricultural products.
- Operate irrigation systems.
- Build agricultural structures.
- Prepare land for agricultural use.
- Spend Time Standing — 55% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 74% responded “Every day.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 46% responded “Every day.”
- Physical Proximity — 53% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 54% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 40% responded “More than half the time.”
- Contact With Others — 47% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 58% responded “40 hours.”
- Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 43% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 53% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Spend Time Walking and Running — 43% responded “More than half the time.”
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 54% responded “Every day.”
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 30% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Outdoors, Under Cover — 50% responded “Every day.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 40% responded “Very important.”
- Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 35% responded “Never.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 33% responded “Never.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 41% responded “Every day.”
- Time Pressure — 54% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 29% responded “Limited freedom.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 28% responded “Every day.”
- Telephone — 40% responded “Never.”
- Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 31% responded “Less than half the time.”
|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)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|57||High school diploma or equivalent|
|23||Less than high school diploma|
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.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- 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.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 (2015)||$9.51 hourly, $19,770 annual|
|Employment (2014)||470,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Decline (-2% or lower)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||125,200|
|Top industries (2014)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Agricultural workers . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.