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Horticulture Careers & Jobs in Horticulture

Horticulture Careers & Jobs in Horticulture

The horticulture industry embraces everything that involves growing plants; from gardening and landscaping to vegetable and fruit production.

In the past, horticulturists were trained and often experienced in a wide range of industry sectors; but the trend over recent decades has been increasing specialisation. This industry, like many others, has seen great change in recent decades; and is likely to continue to change in perhaps unpredictable ways.

The best way to guarantee long term career success may be to ensure your initial training is broad based giving you have the capacity to move with relative ease from one industry sector to another as demand shifts. Nurserymen for example, who are also competent at landscape design and tree care, may find they can move on to something else far more easily when the jobs market changes.

The horticulture industry can be broadly divided into two areas: commercial and amenity/environmental.

What is commercial horticulture?

Commercial horticulture embraces the production of ornamental plants, vegetables, salads, fruit and flowers both outdoors and under protection of glass or plastic. Production, harvesting and storing of vegetables is highly mechanised and merges into food technology. Plants are grown under strictly controlled conditions using sophisticated sensors and computers. Biological control of pests and diseases is common. Horticulturists are also employed by the major supermarkets as buyers. Marketing skills are in demand as the competition among growers to sell to garden centres and other large companies is intense.

What is amenity or environmental horticulture?

Amenity horticulture helps to improve the quality of everyone's life be it in public or private areas. Horticulturists may be called in to advise, design or maintain private gardens or may be concerned with landscaping, managing or maintaining public parks, open spaces, roadside and roundabout plantings or sports grounds.

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