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GARDENER, IN-DEPTH: Being In Touch With The Earth And Reality

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Ryan works tending people's vegetable gardens. He shares what he likes most about his job, its challenges, his key decision and what his work-life balance is like in this field. Finding work as a gardener is not hard because someone does take care of all the plants and trees surrounding us, but the job may not pay as well as first.

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='11700'>plants.</span> <span m='13910'>And</span> <span m='14390'>I</span> <span m='14470'>feel</span> <span m='14890'>like</span> <span m='15260'>I'm</span> <span m='15470'>just</span> <span m='16190'>a</span> <span m='16270'>little</span> <span m='16400'>bit</span> <span m='16570'>more</span> <span m='16820'>in</span> <span m='16920'>touch</span> <span m='18020'>with</span> <span m='19280'>the</span> <span m='19490'>Earth</span> <span m='20200'>and</span> <span m='20740'>reality,</span> <span m='21620'>as</span> <span m='21740'>opposed</span> <span m='22210'>to</span> <span m='22350'>when</span> <span m='22530'>I've</span> <span m='22760'>had</span> <span m='22980'>jobs</span> <span m='23330'>working</span> <span m='23580'>in</span> <span m='23680'>offices.</span> <span m='24910'>So</span> <span m='25695'>it's</span> <span m='26060'>what</span> <span m='26220'>I</span> <span m='26300'>like</span> <span m='26500'>about</span> <span m='26660'>the</span> <span m='26720'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='28130'>The</span> <span m='28220'>fact</span> <span m='28470'>that</span> <span m='28590'>plants</span> <span m='29010'>die.</span> <span m='30130'>So</span> <span m='31570'>plants</span> <span m='31820'>die,</span> <span m='32210'>and</span> <span m='32350'>I'm</span> <span m='32549'>supposed</span> <span m='32840'>to</span> <span m='32880'>be</span> <span m='32970'>taking</span> <span m='33270'>care of them.</span> <span m='33660'>I'm kind of</span> <span m='34050'>responsible</span> <span m='34600'>for</span> <span m='34730'>them.</span> <span m='34950'>But</span> <span m='35120'>a</span> <span m='35180'>lot</span> <span m='35370'>of</span> <span m='35420'>stuff</span> <span m='35680'>can</span> <span m='35790'>happen</span> <span m='36030'>to</span> <span m='36150'>a</span> <span m='36210'>plant--</span> <span m='37170'>you have</span> <span m='37660'>slugs,</span> <span m='38295'>you</span> <span m='38640'>got</span> <span m='38870'>birds,</span> <span m='39630'>you</span> <span m='39760'>got</span> <span m='39970'>diseases.</span> <span m='42470'>So</span> <span m='42660'>just</span> <span m='42800'>trying</span> <span m='43040'>to</span> <span m='43090'>keep</span> <span m='43300'>the</span> <span m='43380'>plants</span> <span m='43670'>alive</span> <span m='44160'>can</span> <span m='44310'>be</span> <span m='44480'>actually</span> <span m='44810'>pretty</span> <span m='45000'>challenging</span> <span m='45460'>sometimes.</span> </p><p><span m='46760'>I</span> <span m='46940'>always</span> <span m='47310'>thought</span> <span m='47530'>that</span> <span m='47630'>I</span> <span m='48170'>needed to</span> <span m='48250'>get</span> <span m='48400'>a</span> <span m='48450'>job</span> <span m='48840'>in</span> <span m='48930'>an</span> <span m='49000'>office.</span> <span m='49890'>And</span> <span m='51960'>it</span> <span m='52130'>really</span> <span m='52610'>was</span> <span m='53150'>a</span> <span m='53230'>life</span> <span 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m='77880'>get</span> <span m='78140'>into</span> <span m='78330'>this</span> <span m='78600'>line</span> <span m='78790'>of</span> <span m='78880'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='81730'>If</span> <span m='82224'>you</span> <span m='82718'>are</span> <span m='84200'>earnest</span> <span m='84820'>and</span> <span m='84910'>hardworking</span> <span m='85650'>and</span> <span m='85760'>you</span> <span m='85860'>don't</span> <span m='86150'>mind</span> <span m='87700'>working</span> <span m='88060'>really</span> <span m='88270'>hard,</span> <span m='89260'>physical</span> <span m='89760'>labor,</span> <span m='92820'>there's</span> <span m='93030'>always</span> <span m='94340'>work to</span> <span m='94650'>find.</span> <span m='96230'>It</span> <span m='96390'>may</span> <span m='96530'>not</span> <span m='96800'>pay</span> <span m='96990'>very</span> <span m='97280'>much</span> <span m='97530'>at</span> <span m='97610'>first.</span> <span m='97990'>But</span> <span m='100360'>you</span> <span m='100490'>look</span> <span m='100690'>around,</span> <span m='101060'>there's</span> <span m='102230'>trees</span> <span m='102630'>and</span> <span m='102750'>plants</span> <span m='103160'>all</span> <span m='103410'>around us</span> <span m='103760'>and</span> <span m='103860'>someone's</span> <span m='104200'>taking</span> <span m='104510'>care of them.</span> <span m='107330'>Someone's</span> <span m='107700'>got</span> <span m='107840'>to</span> <span m='107900'>take</span> <span m='108130'>care</span> <span m='108170'>of all</span> <span m='108510'>the plants</span> <span m='108760'>that you</span> <span m='108930'>see.</span> </p><p><span m='110730'>Sometimes</span> <span m='112040'>I'll</span> <span m='112070'>work</span> <span m='112360'>way</span> <span m='112530'>too</span> <span m='112680'>much</span> <span m='113400'>because</span> <span m='116560'>I</span> <span m='116690'>work</span> <span m='116960'>for</span> <span m='117720'>a</span> <span 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m='130500'>can be</span> <span m='130610'>a little</span> <span m='130900'>tough.</span> </p><p><span m='131280'>But</span> <span m='131440'>at the</span> <span m='131510'>same</span> <span m='131780'>time</span> <span m='134920'>I'm</span> <span m='135090'>always</span> <span m='135400'>outside,</span> <span m='136230'>so</span> <span m='136580'>it's</span> <span m='136960'>always</span> <span m='137470'>nice.</span> <span m='140170'>And</span> <span m='141070'>in</span> <span m='141210'>addition</span> <span m='141580'>to</span> <span m='141680'>that,</span> <span m='142800'>I</span> <span m='142880'>don't</span> <span m='143020'>have</span> <span m='143300'>to</span> <span m='143410'>do</span> <span m='143570'>all</span> <span m='143700'>the</span> <span m='143780'>side</span> <span m='144150'>business</span> <span m='144640'>stuff.</span> <span m='144900'>So</span> <span m='147300'>I</span> <span m='147380'>could</span> <span m='147560'>have</span> <span m='149080'>three</span> 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