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What Do Landscaping and Groundskeeping Worker Do?

Career 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.

Landscaping & Groundskeeping Worker Responsibilities

  • Advise customers on plant selection or care.
  • Gather and remove litter.
  • Plan or cultivate lawns or gardens.
  • Care for natural turf fields, making sure the underlying soil has the required composition to allow proper drainage and to support the grasses used on the fields.
  • Mark design boundaries and paint natural or artificial turf fields with team logos or names before events.
  • Maintain irrigation systems, including winterizing the systems and starting them up in spring.

Skills Needed to be a Landscaping & Groundskeeping Worker

Below is a list of the skills most Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers say are important on the job.

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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.

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Other Landscaping & Groundskeeping Worker Job Titles

  • Indoor Landscaper/Gardener
  • Maintenance Worker
  • Sodder
  • Sprinkler Installer
  • Caretaker

Landscaping & Groundskeeping Worker Employment Estimates

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 1,197,900 jobs in the United States for Landscaping and Groundskeeping Worker. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 11.3% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 135,200 new jobs for Landscaping and Groundskeeping Worker by 2026. There will be an estimated 163,000 positions for Landscaping & Groundskeeping Worker per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Landscaping & Groundskeeping Worker are Utah, Washington, and Nevada. Watch out if you plan on working in Illinois, Vermont, or Maine. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers Salary

The average yearly salary of a Landscaping & Groundskeeping Worker ranges between $20,760 and $44,670.

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Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers who work in Alaska, Massachusetts, or Washington, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $26,340
Alaska $39,050
Arizona $28,730
Arkansas $25,500
California $34,510
Colorado $33,940
Connecticut $36,700
Delaware $30,690
District of Columbia $37,190
Florida $27,610
Georgia $28,900
Hawaii $34,070
Idaho $29,070
Illinois $31,740
Indiana $27,820
Iowa $29,760
Kansas $30,320
Kentucky $28,010
Louisiana $26,040
Maine $31,990
Maryland $32,870
Massachusetts $38,090
Michigan $29,670
Minnesota $35,970
Mississippi $25,920
Missouri $31,400
Montana $30,560
Nebraska $30,690
Nevada $29,850
New Hampshire $32,230
New Jersey $32,700
New Mexico $27,930
New York $34,820
North Carolina $28,130
North Dakota $33,680
Ohio $29,070
Oklahoma $26,990
Oregon $33,620
Pennsylvania $30,120
Rhode Island $33,850
South Carolina $27,400
South Dakota $27,720
Tennessee $27,030
Texas $28,170
Utah $29,510
Vermont $33,740
Virginia $30,000
Washington $36,910
West Virginia $25,030
Wisconsin $31,800
Wyoming $32,880

Tools & Technologies Used by Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Windows
  • IBM Notes

Becoming a Landscaping & Groundskeeping Worker

Individuals working as a Landscaping and Groundskeeping Worker have obtained the following education levels:

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Landscaping & Groundskeeping Worker?

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Where Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers Work

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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