NURSERY/GREENHOUSE MANAGERS are responsible for the day-to-day operation of indoor and outdoor facilities that grow trees, plants and vegetables. Nursery and greenhouse managers grow all kinds of horticultural plants, including trees, shrubs, flowers, ornamental plants, or vegetables to sell to wholesale or retail customers. Most nursery stock is grown outside, while tender plants that need a controlled environment are grown inside the greenhouses. Nursery and greenhouse managers determine the type and quantity of plants to be grown, according to market demand; utilizing knowledge of plant germination, growing habits of plants, soil conditions, plant nutrients, and disease control requirements.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $47,500 average per year ($22.75 per hour)
- A small occupation (19,500 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow slowly (0.6% per year)
To become a NURSERY/GREENHOUSE MANAGER requires years of work experience. Courses in horticulture and small business management offered by colleges and technical schools provide good preparation. No special licensing or certification is required for nursery/greenhouse managers. However, most states require certification for those who apply pesticides. Certification requirements vary, but usually include passing a test on the proper and safe use, and disposal of insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides.