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Landscaping & Groundskeeping Workers

Also called: Grounds Maintenance Worker, Grounds Worker, Groundskeeper, Outside Maintenance Worker

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Gather and remove litter.
  • Use hand tools, such as shovels, rakes, pruning saws, saws, hedge or brush trimmers, or axes.
  • Operate vehicles or powered equipment, such as mowers, tractors, twin-axle vehicles, snow blowers, chain-saws, electric clippers, sod cutters, or pruning saws.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service
Math and Science
  • chemistry


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Dependability
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software
  • IBM Lotus Notes
Operating system software
  • Microsoft Windows
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word


Education: (rated 1 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

Get started on your career:

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
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