Work in nursery facilities or at customer location planting, cultivating, harvesting, and transplanting trees, shrubs, or plants.
- Graft plants and trees into different rootstock to reduce disease by inserting and tying buds into incisions in rootstock.
- Trap and destroy pests such as moles, gophers, and mice, using pesticides.
- Fold and staple corrugated forms to make boxes used for packing horticultural products.
- Provide information and advice to the public regarding the selection, purchase, and care of products.
- Cut, roll, and stack sod.
- Maintain inventory, ordering materials as required.
- Sow grass seed, or plant plugs of grass.
- Dip cut flowers into disinfectant, count them into bunches, and place them in boxes to prepare them for storage and shipping.
- Dig, rake, and screen soil, filling cold frames and hot beds in preparation for planting.
- Regulate greenhouse conditions, and indoor and outdoor irrigation systems.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: R.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Achievement and Relationships in their jobs.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
- Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
- Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
In 2013, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $24,340 with most people making between $16,560 and $33,860
During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 1,350 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 1,450 employed in 2018.
This occupation will have about 10 openings due to growth and about 40 replacement openings for approximately 50 total annual openings.
Industry breakdown is not available for this occupation
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