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GARDENER, IN-DEPTH: Working Outdoors By Yourself

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Jonathan, a gardener, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. He tells us that as with every job, this one does have its ups and downs, and one of the parts of his job that he doesn't enjoy is that it can be a bit lonely working by yourself, but it's worth it to be able to work outside.

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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m='13630'>nice.</span> <span m='13970'>I</span> <span m='14070'>talk</span> <span m='14320'>to</span> <span m='14400'>some</span> <span m='14550'>of</span> <span m='14590'>my</span> <span m='14710'>friends</span> <span m='15090'>that</span> <span m='15170'>work</span> <span m='15410'>in</span> <span m='15500'>offices</span> <span m='16000'>and</span> <span m='16079'>they're</span> <span m='16412'>like,</span> <span m='16745'>oh</span> <span m='17080'>man,</span> <span m='17160'>that sounds</span> <span m='17470'>great,</span> <span m='17750'>just</span> <span m='17910'>working</span> <span m='18130'>by</span> <span m='18280'>yourself.</span> <span m='19330'>So,</span> <span m='19870'>like</span> <span m='20060'>everything,</span> <span m='20450'>it has</span> <span m='20660'>it's</span> <span m='20820'>goods</span> <span m='21550'>and</span> <span m='21660'>bads.</span> </p><p><span m='22450'>It's</span> <span m='22770'>not</span> <span m='23210'>really</span> <span m='23580'>challenging.</span> <span m='24080'>I</span> <span m='24170'>mean,</span> <span m='24620'>it's</span> <span m='24830'>just</span> <span m='25090'>labor.</span> <span m='25500'>It's</span> <span m='25660'>just</span> <span m='25820'>you have</span> <span m='26150'>to</span> <span m='26300'>be</span> <span m='26540'>self-motivated,</span> <span m='28140'>and</span> <span m='28420'>just</span> <span m='28720'>put</span> <span m='28950'>in</span> <span m='29080'>the</span> <span m='29190'>time.</span> <span m='30480'>A</span> <span m='31190'>lot</span> <span m='31410'>of</span> <span m='31470'>times,</span> <span m='32049'>I</span> <span m='32170'>don't</span> <span m='32460'>feel</span> <span m='32680'>like</span> <span m='32850'>getting</span> <span m='33060'>up,</span> <span m='33310'>and</span> <span m='33410'>knowing</span> <span m='33770'>I'm</span> <span m='33880'>going</span> <span m='34180'>to have</span> <span m='34280'>to be</span> <span m='34670'>going</span> <span m='34910'>up</span> <span m='35030'>and</span> <span m='35150'>down</span> <span m='35370'>ladders,</span> <span m='35900'>and</span> <span m='36290'>pruning</span> <span m='36950'>a</span> <span m='37250'>tree.</span> <span m='37760'>There</span> <span m='38010'>are</span> <span m='38500'>some</span> <span m='38830'>jobs</span> <span m='39110'>I</span> <span m='39430'>like</span> <span m='39660'>better</span> <span m='40020'>than</span> <span m='40120'>others.</span> <span m='42680'>So,</span> <span m='42820'>I</span> <span m='42900'>think</span> <span m='43030'>that's</span> <span m='43240'>the</span> <span m='43310'>most</span> <span m='43520'>challenging</span> <span m='43930'>part.</span> <span m='44130'>And</span> <span m='44250'>sometimes,</span> <span m='44810'>it's</span> <span m='44990'>just</span> <span m='45480'>probably</span> <span m='45740'>like</span> <span m='45930'>any</span> <span m='46110'>job.</span> <span m='46420'>It's</span> <span m='46510'>just</span> <span m='46720'>like</span> <span m='46980'>the</span> <span m='47090'>last</span> <span m='47370'>thing</span> <span m='47520'>I</span> <span m='47540'>want</span> <span m='47700'>to</span> <span m='47770'>do</span> <span m='47940'>is</span> <span m='48080'>go</span> <span m='48250'>out</span> <span m='49200'>in</span> <span m='49290'>a</span> <span m='49330'>garden</span> <span m='49810'>and</span> <span m='50260'>do</span> <span m='50400'>whatever.</span> <span m='52550'>It</span> <span m='52620'>gets</span> <span m='52820'>boring</span> <span m='53120'>when</span> <span m='53420'>you</span> <span m='53540'>do</span> <span m='53710'>it</span> <span m='53760'>all</span> <span m='53900'>the</span> <span m='54010'>time.</span> <span m='55180'>That's</span> <span m='55380'>probably</span> <span m='55580'>the</span> <span m='55630'>most</span> <span m='55820'>challenging,</span> <span m='56220'>just</span> <span m='56610'>keeping</span> <span m='56830'>motivated.</span> </p><p><span m='58610'>Well,</span> <span m='59010'>that</span> <span m='59150'>was</span> <span m='59270'>probably</span> <span m='59670'>I was</span> <span m='59870'>kind</span> <span m='60030'>of</span> <span m='60110'>running</span> <span m='60430'>out</span> <span m='60590'>of</span> <span m='61930'>things</span> <span m='62260'>I</span> <span m='62330'>wanted</span> <span m='62640'>to</span> <span m='62730'>do</span> <span m='62980'>after</span> <span m='63900'>the</span> <span m='64170'>teaching</span> <span m='64540'>didn't</span> <span m='64739'>work</span> <span m='65010'>out.</span> <span m='65290'>As</span> <span m='65400'>I</span> <span m='65459'>said,</span> <span m='65710'>I</span> <span m='65790'>was</span> <span m='65930'>a</span> <span m='66030'>carpenter</span> <span m='66490'>for</span> <span m='66580'>a</span> <span m='66630'>while</span> <span m='67025'>and</span> <span m='67420'>that</span> <span m='67500'>was</span> <span m='67840'>tough</span> <span m='68100'>on</span> <span m='68200'>the</span> <span m='68270'>body.</span> <span m='69520'>And</span> <span m='69700'>then</span> <span m='69850'>I was</span> <span m='70030'>like,</span> <span m='70180'>well,</span> <span m='70570'>you</span> <span m='70660'>know,</span> <span m='70760'>I'm</span> <span m='70910'>going</span> <span m='71050'>to</span> <span m='71100'>have</span> <span m='71210'>to</span> <span m='71300'>start</span> <span m='71580'>making</span> <span m='71860'>some</span> <span m='72040'>money.</span> <span m='73350'>So,</span> <span m='73580'>I</span> <span m='74110'>found</span> <span m='74320'>something</span> <span m='74550'>that</span> <span m='74710'>I</span> <span m='74790'>kind</span> <span m='75153'>of</span> <span m='75516'>liked.</span> <span m='76520'>And,</span> <span m='77220'>as</span> <span m='77370'>I</span> <span m='77440'>say,</span> <span m='77710'>you</span> <span m='77840'>can</span> <span m='77980'>make</span> <span m='78260'>decent</span> <span m='78570'>money.</span> <span m='79190'>And</span> <span m='80130'>it's</span> <span m='80390'>not</span> <span m='80590'>too</span> <span m='80780'>hard</span> <span m='80980'>on</span> <span m='81050'>the</span> <span m='81130'>body.</span> <span m='81650'>And</span> <span m='81870'>for</span> <span m='81970'>the</span> <span m='82060'>most</span> <span m='82340'>part,</span> <span m='83130'>I</span> <span m='83310'>like</span> <span m='83550'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='84380'>To</span> <span m='84510'>find</span> <span m='84800'>work,</span> <span m='85310'>not</span> <span m='85540'>around</span> <span m='85870'>here.</span> <span m='87800'>Almost</span> <span m='88140'>everybody</span> <span m='88620'>has</span> <span m='88840'>something</span> <span m='89310'>they</span> <span m='89430'>need</span> <span m='89690'>to</span> <span m='89760'>be</span> <span m='89980'>done.</span> <span m='91222'>At</span> <span m='91640'>first,</span> <span m='92020'>of</span> <span m='92090'>course,</span> <span m='92340'>you've</span> <span m='92370'>got</span> <span m='92500'>to</span> <span m='92540'>get</span> <span m='92670'>your</span> <span m='92770'>name</span> <span m='93050'>out</span> <span m='93250'>there.</span> <span m='95870'>But</span> <span m='96110'>usually,</span> <span m='96430'>if</span> <span m='96540'>people</span> <span m='96920'>like</span> <span m='97150'>the</span> <span m='97230'>gardens,</span> <span m='97780'>or</span> <span m='98310'>the</span> <span m='98500'>people</span> <span m='98910'>that you</span> <span m='99050'>work</span> <span m='99290'>for</span> <span m='99610'>like</span> <span m='99900'>you,</span> <span m='100350'>they'll</span> <span m='100580'>give</span> <span m='100980'>references.</span> <span m='102580'>And</span> <span m='102970'>with</span> <span m='103170'>maintenance,</span> <span m='103790'>what</span> <span m='103950'>I</span> <span m='104100'>do,</span> <span m='105620'>it's</span> <span m='105830'>not</span> <span m='106020'>like</span> <span m='106540'>installation</span> <span m='107280'>construction,</span> <span m='107920'>where</span> <span m='108050'>you</span> <span m='108140'>get</span> <span m='108320'>one</span> <span m='108530'>big</span> <span m='108710'>job</span> <span m='109080'>and may</span> <span m='109400'>work</span> <span m='109760'>for</span> <span m='109910'>a</span> <span m='109960'>month,</span> <span m='110800'>and</span> <span m='110930'>then</span> <span m='111100'>have</span> <span m='111270'>to</span> <span m='111390'>find</span> <span m='111720'>another</span> <span m='112030'>one.</span> <span m='113550'>So,</span> <span m='113820'>no,</span> <span m='114070'>it</span> <span m='114210'>hasn't</span> <span m='114520'>been.</span> <span m='114950'>I</span> <span m='115110'>actually</span> <span m='115450'>have</span> <span m='115600'>to</span> <span m='115690'>turn</span> <span m='115920'>away</span> <span m='116160'>work just</span> <span m='116410'>because</span> <span m='116590'>I'm</span> <span m='116840'>full</span> <span m='118020'>And</span> <span m='118120'>as</span> <span m='118240'>I</span> <span m='118300'>said,</span> <span m='118470'>with</span> <span m='118620'>maintenance,</span> <span m='119400'>some</span> <span m='119610'>of</span> <span m='119650'>these</span> <span m='119810'>accounts</span> <span m='120190'>I've had</span> <span m='120500'>for</span> <span m='120750'>as</span> <span m='121380'>long</span> <span m='121610'>as</span> <span m='121710'>I've</span> <span m='121820'>been</span> <span m='121990'>here,</span> <span m='122320'>12</span> <span m='122670'>years,</span> <span m='124000'>so</span> <span m='124330'>it's</span> <span m='124490'>pretty</span> <span m='124700'>steady</span> <span m='125040'>that</span> <span m='125270'>way.</span> </p><p><span m='126050'>It</span> <span m='126120'>depends</span> <span m='126560'>on</span> <span m='126770'>if</span> <span m='127000'>I'm</span> <span m='127140'>in a</span> <span m='127250'>relationship</span> <span m='127970'>or</span> <span m='128050'>not,</span> <span m='128289'>and right</span> <span m='128509'>now</span> <span m='128639'>I'm</span> <span m='128880'>not.</span> <span m='129580'>So,</span> <span m='130039'>I</span> <span m='130150'>tend</span> <span m='130419'>to</span> <span m='130490'>work</span> <span m='130759'>more.</span> <span m='131690'>But</span> <span m='131990'>at</span> <span m='132060'>the</span> <span m='132130'>same</span> <span m='132440'>time,</span> <span m='135820'>it's</span> <span m='136020'>pretty</span> <span m='136210'>good.</span> <span m='136490'>I</span> <span m='136520'>mean,</span> <span m='136690'>I</span> <span m='136760'>like</span> <span m='136990'>work,</span> <span m='137290'>and I</span> <span m='137330'>like</span> <span m='137530'>being</span> <span m='137730'>outside.</span> <span m='140160'>So,</span> <span m='140800'>I</span> <span m='140880'>work</span> <span m='141080'>quite</span> <span m='141280'>a</span> <span m='141320'>bit.</span> <span m='141610'>But</span> <span m='142860'>the</span> <span m='143030'>other</span> <span m='143550'>great</span> <span m='143780'>thing</span> <span m='143920'>about</span> <span m='144180'>it</span> <span m='144280'>is</span> <span m='144470'>I</span> <span m='144590'>live</span> <span m='144910'>in</span> <span m='145000'>Berkeley,</span> <span m='145450'>and my</span> <span m='145640'>longest</span> <span m='146050'>commute</span> <span m='146440'>is about</span> <span m='146720'>15</span> <span m='147110'>minutes.</span> <span m='148180'>So,</span> <span m='148490'>a</span> <span m='148570'>lot</span> <span m='148750'>of</span> <span m='148800'>my</span> <span m='148900'>neighbors</span> <span m='149340'>are</span> <span m='149410'>always</span> <span m='149610'>going</span> <span m='149840'>into</span> <span m='150030'>the</span> <span m='150130'>city</span> <span m='150500'>every</span> <span m='150700'>morning,</span> <span m='151000'>and</span> <span m='151300'>they</span> <span m='151500'>literally</span> <span m='151980'>probably</span> <span m='152310'>spend</span> <span m='152570'>an</span> <span m='152680'>extra</span> <span m='154080'>two</span> <span m='154450'>to</span> <span m='154800'>three</span> <span m='155080'>hours</span> <span m='155370'>a</span> <span m='155420'>day</span> <span m='156520'>sitting</span> <span m='156790'>in</span> <span m='156880'>their</span> <span m='157020'>car</span> <span m='158210'>or</span> <span m='158430'>truck.</span> <span m='159060'>And</span> <span m='160380'>so,</span> <span m='160640'>that</span> <span m='160840'>makes</span> <span m='161090'>a</span> <span m='161500'>big</span> <span m='161870'>difference</span> <span m='162240'>to</span> <span m='162350'>me.</span> <span m='162580'>So,</span> <span m='164020'>I</span> <span m='164160'>do</span> <span m='164330'>usually</span> <span m='164620'>work</span> <span m='165200'>partially</span> <span m='165810'>on</span> <span m='165930'>Saturdays.</span> <span m='166930'>So</span> <span m='167110'>that</span> <span m='167280'>can</span> <span m='167410'>be</span> <span m='167540'>a</span> <span m='167590'>pain,</span> <span m='168010'>but</span> <span m='168760'>I'd</span> <span m='168900'>rather</span> <span m='169160'>do</span> <span m='169320'>that</span> <span m='169620'>than</span> <span m='169730'>work</span> <span m='170000'>like</span> <span m='170200'>nine</span> <span m='170550'>or</span> <span m='170610'>10</span> <span m='170850'>hour</span> <span m='171050'>days.</span> </p>","file":{"id":361863,"video_id":"3248087773001","name":"2121-Jonathan-p-Gardener2 In-depth","duration":172827,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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