Nursery and Greenhouse Managers

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Sod Farmer
  • Seed Cleaning Manager
  • Rose Grower
  • Range Manager
  • Propagation Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Producer Arborist Manager
  • Plug Grower
  • Plant Health Manager
  • Plant Culture Manager
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What They Do

  • Graft plants.
  • Negotiate contracts such as those for land leases or tree purchases.
  • Construct structures and accessories such as greenhouses and benches.
  • Provide information to customers on the care of trees, shrubs, flowers, plants, and lawns.
  • Cut and prune trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants.
  • Confer with horticultural personnel to plan facility renovations or additions.
  • Prepare soil for planting, and plant or transplant seeds, bulbs, and cuttings.
  • Coordinate clerical, record-keeping, inventory, requisitioning, and marketing activities.
  • Inspect facilities and equipment for signs of disrepair, and perform necessary maintenance work.
  • Position and regulate plant irrigation systems, and program environmental and irrigation control computers.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Relationships and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $87,000 with most people making between $48,900 and $124,730

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 32,110 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 31,040 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 550 replacement openings for approximately 550 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

Industry breakdown is not available for this occupation



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