Midwinter is a season when many high-school and college students narrow down their career options. Job opportunities in horticulture and landscaping are the best match for individuals who enjoy working with plants and working outdoors with people.
There are several careers in arboriculture, floristry, greenhouse management, irrigation and landscape architecture. These are only a few of the many enjoyable opportunities. In each of these fields, they could work for a standalone company or a division within a larger corporation, or just as an individual entrepreneur. According to Creators, here are some brief details:
- Horticulture can be combined with many other fields to satisfy interests that span more than one field. Occupations like accounting, computer science, education, journalism, and research are all more useful with a horticulture background.
- The field of arboriculture is focused on trees. Arborists make decisions on which tree to plant and how to maintain it. They study insects, diseases and other problems that interfere with healthy trees.
- Florists supply flower arrangements and bouquets for life’s special occasions. Behind the designer are many other people who supply the materials.
- Greenhouse managers maintain the specific environmental conditions necessary to grow specialty crops. Nearly all annual flowers, hanging baskets and vegetable transplants, and many food crops are started in greenhouses. Even medical marijuana is grown in greenhouses.
- Interior-plants cape people do exactly what you expect. They design, install and maintain indoor landscapes. NASA studies show that plants filter many toxic fumes out of the air.
- Irrigation specialists are becoming increasingly in demand as water supplies become limited in some parts of the country. Plants are an important investment in many landscapes.
- Landscape architecture is a misunderstood field. It involves far more than planting flowers around buildings. It involves aspects of regional land planning, engineering, horticulture, art and human behavior.
- Landscape architecture differs from other horticulture fields. Landscape architects must receive at least a bachelor’s degree, pass a multiday bar exam and be licensed to practice.
There are many roles in these many fields. From owners and managers to secretaries and salespeople there are numerous specialties in each career path. There is an exciting future in horticulture and landscaping. We plan for the future!