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Nursery Workers

Also called: Greenhouse Worker, Grower, Nursery Worker, Plant Production Worker

What they do:
Work in nursery facilities or at customer location planting, cultivating, harvesting, and transplanting trees, shrubs, or plants.
On the job, you would:
  • Plant, spray, weed, fertilize, and water plants, shrubs, and trees, using hand tools and gardening tools.
  • Harvest plants, and transplant or pot and label them.
  • Feel plants' leaves and note their coloring to detect the presence of insects or disease.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • understanding people's reactions


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


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • IBM Lotus Notes
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word


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

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