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GARDENER: From Teacher To Gardener As His Own Boss

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Jonathan, a gardener, spends his typical day going to his customers' yards and gardens and assessing and performing maintenance. This involves cutting plants, making sure they are irrigated, pruning and weed control. He was a teacher for one year before he decided that it wasn't for him and left the industry. He knew he loved the outdoors so he got a job in the garden department of a winery, which was the start of his career.

Degree: Masters in Education
Job Title: Gardener

Job Summary: Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

Job Description

Grounds maintenance workers provide a pleasant outdoor environment by ensuring that the grounds of houses, businesses, and parks are attractive, orderly, and healthy. 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.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Most states require workers who apply pesticides to be licensed.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $30,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Seasonal, Full-time, Irregular, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Strength/stamina, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands, Problem solving skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Landscape Architecture
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<span m='13050'>yards</span> <span m='13580'>and</span> <span m='13690'>gardens,</span> <span m='15170'>once</span> <span m='15870'>to</span> <span m='16000'>twice</span> <span m='16370'>a</span> <span m='16420'>month</span> <span m='16720'>usually.</span> <span m='17740'>Pretty</span> <span m='18030'>much,</span> <span m='18570'>I</span> <span m='20220'>take</span> <span m='20420'>a</span> <span m='20480'>look</span> <span m='20720'>at</span> <span m='20770'>what</span> <span m='20970'>needs</span> <span m='21220'>to</span> <span m='21320'>be</span> <span m='21450'>done,</span> <span m='22330'>and</span> <span m='22540'>then</span> <span m='22700'>I</span> <span m='22790'>do</span> <span m='23040'>it.</span> <span m='23560'>Either</span> <span m='23960'>cutting</span> <span m='24240'>stuff</span> <span m='24530'>back,</span> <span m='24930'>or</span> <span m='25000'>making</span> <span m='25290'>sure</span> <span m='25520'>it's</span> <span m='26050'>irrigated,</span> <span m='26870'>or</span> <span m='27880'>pruning,</span> <span m='29280'>weed</span> <span m='29650'>control.</span> <span m='30880'>It's</span> <span m='31470'>menial</span> <span m='32130'>labor,</span> <span m='32549'>but</span> <span m='33330'>I</span> <span m='33450'>like</span> <span m='33660'>being</span> <span m='33860'>outside,</span> <span m='34540'>and</span> <span m='34830'>I'm</span> <span m='34850'>my</span> <span m='35060'>own</span> <span m='35220'>boss.</span> <span m='36410'>Surprisingly,</span> <span m='37050'>it</span> <span m='37140'>pays</span> <span m='37410'>pretty</span> <span m='37600'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='38430'>Well,</span> <span m='38610'>this</span> <span m='38900'>is</span> <span m='39050'>probably</span> <span m='39360'>going</span> <span m='39480'>to</span> <span m='39520'>be</span> <span m='39640'>kind</span> <span m='39820'>of</span> <span m='39900'>funny</span> <span m='40250'>if</span> <span m='40920'>school-age</span> <span m='41530'>kids</span> <span m='41880'>are</span> <span m='41940'>looking</span> <span m='42210'>at</span> <span m='42350'>it.</span> <span m='43160'>I</span> <span m='43340'>actually</span> <span m='43640'>was</span> <span m='43780'>a</span> <span m='43860'>teacher</span> <span m='44140'>for</span> <span m='44420'>a</span> <span m='44560'>year,</span> <span m='45690'>and</span> <span m='45940'>I</span> <span m='46010'>just</span> <span m='46220'>did</span> <span m='46340'>not</span> <span m='46560'>like</span> <span m='46780'>that.</span> <span m='48650'>When</span> <span m='48870'>I</span> <span m='48940'>got</span> <span m='49160'>out,</span> <span m='49770'>you</span> <span m='49900'>know</span> <span m='50210'>after</span> <span m='50560'>all</span> <span m='50730'>that</span> <span m='50920'>schooling,</span> <span m='51225'>I</span> <span m='51530'>was</span> <span m='51800'>like,</span> <span m='51980'>well,</span> <span m='52680'>I</span> <span m='52760'>don't</span> <span m='52890'>really</span> <span m='53080'>want</span> <span m='53220'>to</span> <span m='53260'>go</span> <span m='53370'>back</span> <span m='53560'>to</span> <span m='53650'>college</span> <span m='54080'>and</span> <span m='54170'>get</span> <span m='54300'>another</span> <span m='54730'>degree.</span> <span m='55940'>And</span> <span m='56400'>so,</span> <span m='57280'>I</span> <span m='57400'>liked</span> <span m='57630'>working</span> <span m='57920'>outside.</span> <span m='59190'>And</span> <span m='59330'>I</span> <span m='59370'>like</span> <span m='59550'>working</span> <span m='59770'>with</span> <span m='59890'>animals,</span> <span m='60370'>but</span> <span m='60540'>it</span> <span m='60590'>doesn't</span> <span m='60890'>pay</span> <span m='61040'>anything.</span> <span m='62370'>So,</span> <span m='62860'>I</span> <span m='63010'>went</span> <span m='63190'>up</span> <span m='63340'>to</span> <span m='64530'>Sonoma</span> <span m='64930'>county,</span> <span m='65300'>and</span> <span m='65410'>I</span> <span m='65459'>got</span> <span m='65670'>a</span> <span m='65730'>job</span> <span m='66560'>in</span> <span m='66660'>a</span> <span m='66720'>winery,</span> <span m='67300'>in</span> <span m='67420'>their</span> <span m='67560'>garden</span> <span m='67830'>department.</span> <span m='68520'>So</span> <span m='68760'>that's</span> <span m='69090'>how</span> <span m='69320'>I</span> <span m='69430'>started.</span> </p><p><span m='70330'>What</span> <span m='70660'>I</span> <span m='70750'>didn't</span> <span m='71100'>know</span> <span m='71320'>about</span> <span m='71900'>this</span> <span m='72250'>job</span> <span m='72740'>now.</span> <span m='77094'>Not a</span> <span m='77590'>whole lot.</span> <span m='77770'>I</span> <span m='78270'>think</span> <span m='78460'>I</span> <span m='78530'>knew</span> <span m='79210'>what</span> <span m='79440'>I</span> <span m='79490'>was</span> <span m='79630'>getting</span> <span m='79880'>into.</span> <span m='82090'>As</span> <span m='82300'>you</span> <span m='82410'>get</span> <span m='82600'>older,</span> <span m='83030'>even</span> <span m='84050'>going</span> <span m='84360'>up</span> <span m='84480'>and</span> <span m='84590'>down</span> <span m='84790'>ladders,</span> <span m='85350'>and</span> <span m='85550'>going</span> <span m='85880'>down</span> <span m='86150'>on</span> <span m='86380'>knees,</span> <span m='86980'>and</span> <span m='87080'>that</span> <span m='87270'>kind</span> <span m='87450'>of</span> <span m='87500'>stuff</span> <span m='87810'>gets</span> <span m='88020'>a</span> <span m='88080'>little</span> <span m='88290'>tougher.</span> <span m='89840'>The</span> <span m='90080'>weather's</span> <span m='90430'>been</span> <span m='90580'>great,</span> <span m='91210'>so</span> <span m='91380'>I</span> <span m='91460'>can't</span> <span m='91670'>complain</span> <span m='91970'>about</span> <span m='92230'>that.</span> <span m='92450'>I</span> <span m='92500'>grew</span> <span m='92690'>up</span> <span m='92810'>in</span> <span m='92890'>new</span> <span m='92980'>York,</span> <span m='93390'>so</span> <span m='93480'>I</span> <span m='93570'>couldn't</span> <span m='93840'>do</span> <span m='93960'>this</span> <span m='94170'>back</span> <span m='94430'>there.</span> <span m='97170'>It</span> <span m='97820'>gets</span> <span m='98070'>a</span> <span m='98120'>little</span> <span m='98280'>tedious,</span> <span m='98810'>but</span> <span m='100000'>I</span> <span m='100110'>think</span> <span m='100300'>all</span> <span m='100500'>jobs</span> <span m='100910'>do,</span> <span m='101140'>and</span> <span m='101520'>I'd</span> <span m='101630'>rather</span> <span m='101900'>have</span> <span m='103160'>a</span> <span m='103220'>little</span> <span m='103510'>on</span> <span m='103630'>the</span> <span m='103860'>tedious</span> <span m='104370'>side</span> <span m='104840'>than</span> <span m='105290'>the</span> <span m='105440'>high</span> <span m='105730'>stress</span> <span m='106270'>of</span> <span m='106410'>teaching</span> <span m='106840'>science.</span> </p><p><span m='109180'>But</span> <span m='109340'>basically,</span> <span m='109810'>no,</span> <span m='110000'>it's</span> <span m='111100'>what</span> <span m='111270'>you</span> <span m='111410'>think</span> <span m='111700'>it</span> <span m='111820'>is.</span> <span m='112890'>Basically,</span> <span m='113530'>just</span> <span m='113910'>do</span> <span m='114250'>it</span> <span m='114320'>on</span> <span m='114470'>your</span> <span m='114600'>own</span> <span m='114800'>for</span> <span m='114920'>a</span> <span m='114960'>little</span> <span m='115160'>while.</span> <span m='115660'>Or</span> <span m='116860'>if</span> <span m='117180'>you</span> <span m='117370'>have</span> <span m='117520'>a</span> <span m='117590'>garden,</span> <span m='118060'>or</span> <span m='118385'>if</span> <span m='118710'>your</span> <span m='119090'>parents</span> <span m='119520'>or</span> <span m='119580'>whatever</span> <span m='119845'>are</span> <span m='120110'>interested</span> <span m='120480'>in</span> <span m='120630'>that,</span> <span m='121690'>or</span> <span m='121890'>go</span> <span m='122080'>to</span> <span m='122440'>nurseries</span> <span m='123070'>and</span> <span m='123180'>see</span> <span m='123300'>what</span> <span m='123450'>plants</span> <span m='123770'>you</span> <span m='123870'>like.</span> <span m='124960'>And</span> <span m='125220'>then,</span> <span m='127120'>maybe</span> <span m='127360'>volunteer</span> <span m='127910'>somewhere.</span> <span m='128919'>Or</span> <span m='129070'>start</span> <span m='129770'>at</span> <span m='129880'>a</span> <span m='129930'>decent</span> <span m='130400'>place,</span> <span m='131080'>because</span> <span m='131280'>if</span> <span m='131370'>you</span> <span m='131480'>start</span> <span m='132470'>at</span> <span m='132570'>a</span> <span m='132620'>lot</span> <span m='132970'>of</span> <span m='133200'>gardening</span> <span m='133700'>landscaping</span> <span m='134270'>places,</span> <span m='134690'>they're</span> <span m='134760'>just</span> <span m='134930'>going</span> <span m='135030'>to</span> <span m='135090'>have you</span> <span m='135310'>do</span> <span m='135720'>real,</span> <span m='136360'>hardcore</span> <span m='137090'>labor.</span> <span m='138010'>So,</span> <span m='138180'>maybe</span> <span m='138470'>find</span> <span m='138830'>a</span> <span m='138880'>place</span> <span m='139220'>that</span> <span m='139290'>maybe</span> <span m='139500'>wouldn't</span> <span m='139700'>pay</span> <span m='139950'>as</span> <span m='140070'>well,</span> <span m='140370'>but</span> <span m='140500'>just</span> <span m='140710'>see if</span> <span m='140840'>you</span> <span m='140950'>like</span> <span m='141250'>it.</span> 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