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Nursery and Greenhouse Managers
SOC Code: 11-9013.01

Plan, organize, direct, control, and coordinate activities of workers engaged in propagating, cultivating, and harvesting horticultural specialties, such as trees, shrubs, flowers, mushrooms, and other plants.

Sample of reported job titles: Farm Manager, Garden Center Manager, Greenhouse Manager, Grower, Harvesting Manager, Horticulturist, Nursery Manager, Perennial House Manager, Production Manager, Propagation Manager


  • Manage nurseries that grow horticultural plants for sale to trade or retail customers, for display or exhibition, or for research.
  • Identify plants as well as problems such as diseases, weeds, and insect pests.
  • Tour work areas to observe work being done, to inspect crops, and to evaluate plant and soil conditions.
  • Assign work schedules and duties to nursery or greenhouse staff, and supervise their work.
  • Determine plant growing conditions, such as greenhouses, hydroponics, or natural settings, and set planting and care schedules.
  • Apply pesticides and fertilizers to plants.
  • Hire employees, and train them in gardening techniques.
  • Select and purchase seeds, plant nutrients, disease control chemicals, and garden and lawn care equipment.
  • Determine types and quantities of horticultural plants to be grown, based on budgets, projected sales volumes, or executive directives.
  • Explain and enforce safety regulations and policies.
  • Position and regulate plant irrigation systems, and program environmental and irrigation control computers.
  • Inspect facilities and equipment for signs of disrepair, and perform necessary maintenance work.
  • Coordinate clerical, record-keeping, inventory, requisitioning, and marketing activities.
  • Prepare soil for planting, and plant or transplant seeds, bulbs, and cuttings.
  • Confer with horticultural personnel to plan facility renovations or additions.
  • Cut and prune trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants.
  • Provide information to customers on the care of trees, shrubs, flowers, plants, and lawns.
  • Construct structures and accessories such as greenhouses and benches.
  • Negotiate contracts such as those for land leases or tree purchases.
  • Graft plants.

Technology Skills

  • Electronic mail software - Email software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - Argos Software ABECAS Insight; Innovative Software Solutions Picas
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Agricultural tractors - Multipurpose tractors
  • Air compressors - Portable air compressors
  • Alarm systems - Security alarm systems
  • Backhoe boom or boom sections - Backhoe attachments
  • Bar code reader equipment - Bar code readers
  • Belt conveyors - Materials conveyors
  • Bench scales
  • Broadcast spreaders - Mulch spreaders
  • Clock timers - Electric timing devices
  • Composter - Composting equipment
  • Conductivity meters - Soil electrical conductivity measurement devices
  • Container trailers - Powered trailers
  • Cultivators - Mechanized tilling equipment
  • Dewatering pumps - Drainage pumps
  • Fertilizer spreaders or distributors - Fertilizer injectors
  • Fog or mist generators - Aerosol foggers
  • Forklifts
  • Grease guns
  • Greenhouse irrigation equipment - Fertigation equipment; Mist control systems
  • Greenhouse pots - Hydroponic equipment; Soil pasteurizers
  • Greenhouse ventilation equipment - Carbon dioxide systems; Humidifiers
  • Handheld thermometer - Soil thermometers
  • Hygrometers - Humidity meters
  • Irrigation trickles - Drip emitters; Trickle irrigators
  • Laboratory heaters - Radiant heaters
  • Laboratory mixers - Soil mixers
  • Ladders - Extension ladders
  • Lawn scarifiers - Lawn edgers; Line cutters
  • Lawnmowers - Lawn mowers
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles - Sport utility vehicles SUVs
  • Lightmeters - Light evaluation meters
  • Personal computers
  • pH meters - pH indicators
  • Portable data input terminals - Portable dataloggers
  • Power chippers - Chipping equipment
  • Power drills - Cordless power drills
  • Power meters - Power monitors
  • Psychrometers - Dew point meters
  • Saws - Handsaws
  • Secateurs or pruning shears - Extended pole pruners; Pneumatic cutters; Pneumatic pruners; Pruning tools
  • Skid steer loaders - Skid steer machines
  • Soil core sampling apparatus - Power augers
  • Sprayers - Chemical sprayers; Fumigation equipment
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers - Steam sterilizers
  • Stereo or dissecting light microscopes - Stereo light microscopes
  • Transplanters - Transplanting equipment
  • Trenching machines - Trenchers
  • Water sprinklers - Impact sprinklers; Microsprinklers; Overhead sprinklers; Pop-up sprinklers


  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Management of Material Resources - Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.


  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.


  • Interest code: ERC
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 91% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 91% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 90% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 80% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 77% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 72% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 20% responded “Contact with others about half the time.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 74% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results
  • Spend Time Standing - 27% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 28% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 22% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 29% responded “Very important.”
  • Outdoors, Under Cover - 27% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 21% responded “Never.”
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment - 28% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 68% responded “40 hours.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 67% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Physical Proximity - 28% responded “I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office).”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 29% responded “Never.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 19% responded “Never.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 32% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 67% responded “Important.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 22% responded “Never.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 24% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Time Pressure - 18% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 14% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 23% responded “Very important.”
  • Level of Competition - 73% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling - 13% responded “About half the time.”
  • Telephone
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 33% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 23% responded “Less than half the time.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
45%Bachelor's degree
24%Associate's degree
19%Some college, no degree

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Work Values

  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $33.47 hourly, $69,620 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 1,029,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Little or no change (-1% to 1%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 74,300

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