Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

General Information

Description

Landscape or maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. Workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit58.50%
  2. Self-employed25.25%
  3. State and local government10.00%
  4. Private, not for profit4.46%
  5. Federal government0.82%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Overall employment of grounds maintenance workers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 173,200 openings for grounds maintenance workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$31,730

State-by-state Salary

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$39,460
$20,380
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Less than high school 39%
  • Post-secondary certificate 31%
  • Bachelor's degree 18%
  • High school 8%
  • Associate's degree 3%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Chemistry
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical
  • Biology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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