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Nursery and Greenhouse Workers

What they do?

Nursery and greenhouse workers perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Prepare soil; plant bulbs, seeds and cuttings; graft and bud plants; and transplant seedlings and rooted cuttings

B. Spray trees, shrubs, flowers and plants to prevent disease and pests

C. Position and regulate greenhouse and outdoor irrigation systems to water plants and fields

D. Dig, cut and transplant trees, shrubs, flowers and plants and prepare them for sale

E. Provide information to customers on gardening and the care of trees, shrubs, flowers, plants and lawns

F. May operate tractors and other machinery and equipment to fertilize, cultivate, harvest and spray fields and plants

G. Maintain inventory and order materials as required

Where they find work?

1. Farms - 75.0%
2. Retail trade - 9.0%
3. Wholesale trade - 4.0%
4. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 3.0%

What education do I need?

1. You may need a high school diploma or college courses in horticulture or a related field.

2. You may receive on-the-job training and you may need a provincial/territorial licence to apply chemical fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, and pesticides.

3. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English
3. Chemistry
4. Biology

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Nursery and Greenhouse Workers is $10.78/HR, which is below average for occupations in the primary industry sector and are below average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Nursery and Greenhouse Workers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Nursery and Greenhouse Workers Wage By Age


16% of Nursery and Greenhouse Workers are unemployed. This rate is above the average for intermediate occupations.


Nursery and Greenhouse Workers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Nursery and Greenhouse Workers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Nursery and Greenhouse Workers is considered Below Average because:

1. Employment grew at an above-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($10.78) are below the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is above average.

3. The unemployment rate (16%) is above the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Below Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be below average.

2. The retirement rate will likely be below average, and the number of retiring workers should not contribute significantly to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely exceed the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations Nursery and Greenhouse Workers are found in Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Useful Experience:

1. Physical/outdoor work

2. Environment/safety procedures

3. Communication skills

Part Time Workers

Nursery and Greenhouse Workers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

21% of Nursery and Greenhouse Workers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 25,400 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 1% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Nursery and Greenhouse Workers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The relatively high percentage of younger workers suggests more entry-level positions and jobs that may serve as stepping stones in a career. The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be below average because of a tendency to retire at an older-than-average age (66).

Self Employed

Nursery and Greenhouse Workers Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 4% of Nursery and Greenhouse Workers are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Nursery and Greenhouse Workers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

52% of the individuals employed as Nursery and Greenhouse Workers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.