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Turn your love of plans and gardens into an exciting, hands-on new career by studying a horticulture course.
What do horticulture graduates do?
After completing a horticulture course, you’ll likely work as a horticulturalist, performing tasks such as:
- Preparing and maintaining garden beds and growing sites;
- Propagating and planting trees, bushes, hedges, flowers and bulbs;
- Preparing lawn areas by planting grass and spreading topsoil and turf;
- Maintaining planted and grassed areas by weeding, trimming, fertilising, watering and mowing;
- Pruning trees and hedges;
- Lopping, pruning, spraying and dusting plants;
- Producing and distributing compost and fertiliser;
- Planning, drawing, preparing and constructing landscape areas;
- Organising and conducting food production operations, such as collecting, storing, grading and packaging produce, and organising its sale and dispatch;
- Directing and managing general horticulture operations, including managing staff and business requirements, including production and resource preparation; and
- Contributing to horticulture discussion and policy, including writing reports and submissions and attending panels, workshops and discussions.
You’ll enjoy working in horticulture if you:
- Enjoy practical work
- Are passionate about the environment
- Are curious
- Are patient
- Enjoy problem-solving
- Are organised and efficient
- Want a career outdoors
- Work well with details
- Enjoy planning
- Enjoy repetitive work
- Want a meaningful and rewarding career
- Want to make a difference
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook identifies the horticulture profession and a medium-sized and relatively stable industry in Australia. Currently employing approximately 13,600 people, it is likely to grow slightly to employ approximately 13,700 people by 2020. Job opportunities in the industry have remained constant over the last decade, and are available in most areas of Australia.
According to PayScale, a horticulturalist can expect to earn on average between $37,000 per year and $71,000 per year, with an average annual salary of approximately $49,000. PayScale observes that earning capacity remains reasonably steady throughout a horticulturalist’s career, with entry-level practitioners earning comparative wages to more experienced horticulturalists.
PayScale notes that approximately 15 percent of horticulturalists have more than 20 years of professional experience, indicating that it’s relatively common for people to remain in this profession for the duration of their career.