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Landscaping & Groundskeeping Workers

Also called: Groundskeeper, Groundsman, Outside Maintenance Worker, Gardener

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:
  • Operate vehicles and powered equipment, such as mowers, tractors, twin-axle vehicles, snow blowers, chain saws, electric clippers, sod cutters, and pruning saws.
  • Mow or edge lawns, using power mowers or edgers.
  • Shovel snow from walks, driveways, or parking lots and spread salt in those areas.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Controlled Movement
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Initiative

Technology

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

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

Get started on your career:

Find Certifications Registered Apprenticeship

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$23,940
per year, on average
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