Nursery and Greenhouse Worker

Career Overview

Nursery and greenhouse workers take care of plants in a nursery by starting them from seedlings, spraying them with fertilizer and insecticide, pruning them when necessary, and loading them onto trucks for delivery to customers.


A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary to obtain these positions. Completing a program in horticulture or a related field would make an individual more employable. These programs are typically offered through colleges.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$19,000 /yr
$22,000 /yr
$30,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Environmental science
Work Environment

Nursery and greenhouse workers work in nurseries and greenhouses, research labs, and universities and colleges. They also work in the farming industry and for the government. These jobs can be physically demanding and require working outside under various weather conditions. This work may also be seasonal.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada