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Occupations in the Green Industry

Let’s talk about the opportunities specifically related to growing flowers, greenery, trees, and vegetables, and planting them in the landscape. (This is the more narrow “green industry” commonly referenced, rather than the more broad “green jobs” designation that you might find in O*NET that includes occupations in additional industries such as Energy, Transportation, and Manufacturing.) The U. S. Department of Agriculture tracks activity in the green industry, collecting information from landscaping operations, garden centers, sod farms, pest control businesses, and other workplaces that employ workers to manage landscapes and plants.

The table below reflects a sampling of occupations in the green industry. You can check this information, look at additional occupations, and find schools that offer related programs via UtahFutures.

Occupation

U.S. Employment
2010

Growth-Numeric
2010-2020

Growth-Percent
2010-2020

Annual Median Wage
Nat’l
Utah

Education

Landscape Architect

22,000

3,500

16.0

$63,240
$65,050

Bachelor’s

Landscape and Groundskeeping Worker

1,152,000

240,800

20.9

$23,410
$24,200

High School

Nursery and Greenhouse Manager

1,203,000

O*NET ‘Bright Outlook’ designation, though numbers show decline

$64,660
NA

Associate +

Soil and Plant Scientist

16,000

2,000

12.1

$58,940
$54,490

Bachelor’s +

Supervisor/
Manager of Landscaping, Grounds

203,000

30,700

15.1

$42,050
$43,280

Associate +

Sources: U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (national), Utah Department of Workforce Services (state)

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