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HORTICULTURALIST, IN-DEPTH: A Lot To Learn From Plants

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Frank is a Horticulturalist and also an instructor at a community college. Frank talks about what he likes and dislikes about working as an Horticulturalist, key decisions he made in his career and his work-life balance.

School: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Degree: Business - Horticulture
Job Title: Horticulturalist
Employer: Self-Employed

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='18750'>I</span> <span m='18870'>love</span> <span m='19080'>plants.</span> <span m='20440'>First</span> <span m='21040'>and</span> <span m='21140'>foremost,</span> <span m='21570'>I</span> <span m='21610'>love</span> <span m='21980'>plants.</span> <span m='22920'>And</span> <span m='23150'>so</span> <span m='25830'>that</span> <span m='26110'>is</span> <span m='26220'>why</span> <span m='26390'>I</span> <span m='26570'>really</span> <span m='26970'>enjoyed</span> <span m='27450'>my</span> <span m='27590'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='28520'>What</span> <span m='28840'>I</span> <span m='28940'>dislike</span> <span m='29530'>about</span> <span m='29820'>my</span> <span m='30350'>job</span> <span m='31050'>is</span> <span m='31820'>seeing</span> <span m='32229'>how</span> <span m='32439'>people</span> <span m='34410'>treat</span> <span m='34760'>plants</span> <span m='35110'>like</span> <span m='35350'>objects.</span> <span m='37150'>I</span> <span m='37750'>also</span> <span m='38440'>really</span> <span m='39660'>dislike</span> <span m='40920'>people</span> <span m='41270'>who</span> <span m='41420'>don't</span> <span m='41780'>understand</span> <span m='42760'>that</span> <span m='43840'>plants</span> <span m='44230'>have</span> <span m='44350'>been</span> <span m='44580'>on</span> <span m='44790'>this</span> <span m='44960'>Earth</span> <span m='45210'>longer</span> <span m='45630'>than</span> <span m='45850'>they</span> <span m='46080'>have.</span> <span m='47920'>People</span> <span m='48430'>are</span> <span m='48750'>arrogant</span> <span m='49180'>in</span> <span m='49330'>terms</span> <span m='49720'>of,</span> <span m='49990'>they</span> <span m='50160'>think</span> <span m='50400'>they</span> <span m='50540'>know</span> <span m='50730'>better</span> <span m='51000'>than</span> <span m='51190'>the</span> <span m='51290'>plants.</span> </p><p><span m='52710'>So</span> <span m='53460'>I</span> <span m='53540'>dislike</span> <span m='54070'>the</span> <span m='54240'>arrogance</span> <span m='54770'>of</span> <span m='55230'>people</span> <span m='55570'>thinking</span> <span m='56270'>that</span> <span m='57110'>they</span> <span m='57290'>know</span> <span m='57450'>more</span> <span m='57650'>than</span> <span m='57820'>the</span> <span m='57930'>plants.</span> <span m='58470'>We</span> <span m='58690'>have</span> <span m='58850'>a</span> <span m='58910'>lot</span> <span m='59300'>to</span> <span m='59400'>learn</span> <span m='59640'>from</span> <span m='59830'>plants.</span> <span m='61090'>And</span> <span m='62630'>if</span> <span m='62750'>you</span> <span m='62880'>look</span> <span m='63110'>at</span> <span m='63230'>the</span> <span m='63970'>shape</span> <span m='64280'>of</span> <span m='64410'>our</span> <span m='64629'>environment,</span> <span m='65630'>it's</span> <span m='65840'>really</span> <span m='66310'>telling</span> <span m='68300'>what</span> <span m='68500'>the</span> <span m='68670'>arrogance</span> <span m='69120'>of</span> <span m='69230'>people</span> <span m='69720'>are</span> <span m='70150'>doing</span> <span m='70470'>to</span> <span m='70590'>this</span> <span m='70810'>planet.</span> </p><p><span m='71800'>Key</span> <span m='72050'>decisions</span> <span m='72580'>in</span> <span m='72660'>my</span> <span m='72790'>career.</span> <span m='74590'>I</span> <span m='74740'>was</span> <span m='74990'>never</span> <span m='75360'>afraid</span> <span m='75780'>to</span> <span m='75860'>take</span> <span m='76070'>a</span> <span m='76130'>chance,</span> <span m='76680'>and</span> <span m='76980'>I</span> <span m='77020'>was</span> <span m='77210'>never</span> <span m='77560'>of</span> <span m='77830'>afraid</span> <span m='78280'>to</span> <span m='78360'>fail.</span> <span m='80040'>I</span> <span m='80230'>learned</span> <span m='80630'>more</span> <span m='80900'>by</span> <span m='81070'>failing</span> <span m='81660'>in</span> <span m='81760'>my</span> <span m='81930'>career</span> <span m='82530'>than</span> <span m='82850'>I</span> <span m='82950'>did</span> <span m='83500'>by</span> <span m='83730'>succeeding.</span> <span m='86080'>So</span> <span m='86230'>you</span> <span m='86390'>have</span> <span m='86630'>to</span> <span m='86760'>take</span> <span m='87000'>chances.</span> <span m='88450'>You</span> <span m='88550'>have</span> <span m='88810'>to</span> <span m='88910'>understand</span> <span m='89920'>that</span> </p><p><span m='91870'>You'll</span> <span m='93360'>gain</span> <span m='93850'>more</span> <span m='94270'>by</span> <span m='94430'>taking</span> <span m='94810'>a</span> <span m='94870'>chance</span> <span m='95250'>and</span> <span m='95390'>failing</span> <span m='96010'>than</span> <span m='96720'>by</span> <span m='96970'>not</span> <span m='97380'>taking</span> <span m='97740'>that</span> <span m='97980'>chance</span> <span m='99580'>and</span> <span m='99760'>wishing</span> <span m='100120'>you</span> <span m='100310'>had.</span> <span m='101690'>So</span> <span m='101970'>I</span> <span m='102180'>think</span> <span m='102980'>that's</span> <span m='103780'>been</span> <span m='103990'>the</span> <span m='104110'>key</span> <span m='104320'>to</span> <span m='104390'>my</span> <span m='104580'>career.</span> <span m='104990'>I've</span> <span m='105080'>never</span> <span m='105490'>been</span> <span m='105640'>afraid</span> <span m='106160'>to</span> <span m='106350'>make</span> <span m='106570'>a</span> <span m='106620'>mistake.</span> <span m='107130'>I've</span> <span m='107250'>never</span> <span m='107540'>been</span> <span m='107690'>afraid</span> <span m='108100'>take a</span> <span m='108370'>chance.</span> </p><p><span m='109340'>Very</span> <span m='109730'>easy</span> <span m='109960'>to</span> <span m='110040'>get</span> <span m='110170'>a</span> <span m='110220'>job in the</span> <span m='110630'>current</span> <span m='110910'>industry,</span> <span m='111730'>very</span> <span m='112140'>easy.</span> <span m='112600'>Companies</span> <span m='113100'>are</span> <span m='113170'>looking</span> <span m='113480'>for</span> <span m='114510'>people.</span> <span m='116530'>They're</span> <span m='116910'>primarily</span> <span m='117480'>looking</span> <span m='117850'>for</span> <span m='117980'>mid-management.</span> </p><p><span m='122440'>My</span> <span m='122870'>philosophy</span> <span m='123890'>has</span> <span m='124200'>always</span> <span m='124660'>been,</span> <span m='124920'>you</span> <span m='125180'>give</span> <span m='125570'>me</span> <span m='125750'>someone</span> <span m='126800'>who's</span> <span m='127020'>got</span> <span m='127200'>a</span> <span m='127260'>good</span> <span m='127510'>heart</span> <span m='127940'>and</span> <span m='128414'>a</span> <span m='128699'>good</span> <span m='128979'>work</span> <span m='129340'>ethic,</span> <span m='129750'>and</span> <span m='129940'>I</span> <span m='130009'>can</span> <span m='130199'>teach</span> <span m='130449'>them</span> <span m='130580'>the</span> <span m='130660'>business.</span> <span m='132900'>It'll</span> <span m='133090'>take you</span> <span m='133410'>some</span> <span m='133580'>time</span> <span m='134140'>to</span> <span m='134310'>understand</span> <span m='134960'>and</span> <span m='135430'>know</span> <span m='135720'>the</span> <span m='135810'>business,</span> <span m='136250'>and</span> <span m='136420'>know</span> <span m='136610'>plants,</span> <span m='137560'>but</span> <span m='137850'>you</span> <span m='137980'>get</span> <span m='138140'>somebody</span> <span m='138460'>who's</span> <span m='138680'>got</span> <span m='138830'>a</span> <span m='138880'>good</span> <span m='139040'>work</span> <span m='139360'>ethics</span> <span m='139610'>and</span> <span m='139790'>a</span> <span m='139840'>good</span> <span m='140010'>heart,</span> <span m='140350'>and</span> <span m='140550'>I</span> <span m='140610'>can</span> <span m='140810'>teach</span> <span m='141050'>them</span> <span m='141150'>this</span> <span m='141340'>business.</span> </p><p><span m='142590'>How</span> <span m='142940'>is</span> <span m='143060'>my</span> <span m='143250'>work</span> <span m='143620'>life</span> <span m='143890'>balance?</span> <span m='146770'>I</span> <span m='147120'>always</span> <span m='147640'>had</span> <span m='147840'>a</span> <span m='147930'>tendency</span> <span m='148520'>to</span> <span m='148660'>over-work.</span> <span m='149950'>I</span> <span m='150090'>loved</span> <span m='150520'>my</span> <span m='150680'>job.</span> <span m='151220'>I</span> <span m='151320'>loved</span> <span m='151650'>getting</span> <span m='151960'>up</span> <span m='152070'>in</span> <span m='152170'>the</span> <span m='152240'>morning</span> <span m='152540'>and</span> <span m='152720'>going</span> <span m='153700'>to</span> <span m='153780'>work.</span> <span m='154870'>Never</span> <span m='155110'>had</span> <span m='155250'>a</span> <span m='155310'>problem</span> <span m='155760'>with</span> <span m='155870'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='156320'>As</span> <span m='156560'>a</span> <span m='156660'>company</span> <span m='157210'>owner,</span> <span m='157510'>you're</span> <span m='157770'>always</span> <span m='158190'>expected</span> <span m='158710'>to</span> <span m='158800'>put</span> <span m='158980'>in</span> <span m='159130'>more</span> <span m='159420'>hours</span> <span m='159960'>than</span> <span m='160830'>normal.</span> <span m='161910'>When</span> <span m='162370'>I</span> <span m='162470'>was</span> <span m='162650'>a</span> <span m='162720'>worker</span> <span m='163070'>bee</span> <span m='163320'>with</span> <span m='163510'>other</span> <span m='163710'>companies,</span> <span m='165660'>40</span> <span m='165990'>hours</span> <span m='166330'>a</span> <span m='166400'>week</span> <span m='167040'>was</span> <span m='167820'>the</span> <span m='167920'>norm.</span> <span m='168730'>As</span> <span m='169050'>a</span> <span m='169110'>business</span> <span m='169550'>owner,</span> <span m='169800'>40</span> <span m='170150'>to</span> <span m='170250'>60</span> <span m='171050'>was</span> <span m='171320'>the</span> <span m='171430'>norm.</span> <span m='172440'>But</span> <span m='172640'>it</span> <span m='172750'>really</span> <span m='173060'>didn't</span> <span m='173380'>bother</span> <span m='173710'>me,</span> <span m='175740'>because</span> <span m='176140'>I</span> <span m='176190'>loved</span> <span m='176460'>what</span> <span m='177150'>I</span> <span m='177190'>was</span> <span m='177350'>doing.</span> </p>","file":{"id":577006,"video_id":"","name":"2931-Frank - Horticulturalist IN DEPTH.MOV.mp4","duration":178584,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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