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Landscaping companies and garden centers have been classified as essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasizing the significance of careers in this field. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for employees with horticulture-related degrees is expected to grow up to 10 percent by 2028. The Landscape and Horticulture Technology Associate in Science degree at Eastern Florida State College prepares students for employment in a wide range of related positions.
Landscape designers plan and execute projects for commercial, industrial and residential clients. They also design plans to manage storm-water runoff and develop environmentally sustainable landscaping solutions, which aim to reduce pollution and decrease utility costs.
With the increased popularity of outdoor entertainment areas, grounds maintenance workers are in more demand than ever. They provide lawn care and landscaping services to individuals, businesses and institutions, such as college campuses. Recently, there have been heightened efforts to plant trees in urban areas, which has also increased the demand for tree trimmers and pruners.
Environmental scientists and specialists work in industries that provide consulting services, as well as in state and local governments. They collaborate with businesses to develop practices designed to minimize waste, prevent pollution and conserve resources, contributing to healthier communities in the process.
The popularity of farmers markets, farm-to-table restaurants and organic produce have increased the demand for farming and greenhouse experts.
Due to the year-round presence of vegetation, jobs in landscaping and horticulture are especially in demand in tropical and subtropical climates, such as Florida.
Online Job Resources
- American Public Gardens Association
- Association of Zoos and Aquariums
- American Phytopathology Society
- Association of Horticulture Therapy
- Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association Job Board
- International Society of Arboriculture
- Jobs in Horticulture, Inc.
- National Agriculture Extension Job Board
- National Recreation and Park Association