Nursery Worker

Take care of plants as they grow in the nursery greenhouse.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $26,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Nursery Workers do?

Young plants need care just as much as newborn babies. In your job as a Nursery Worker, you tend to flowers, trees, and shrubs with the same delicate care a Nanny gives a child. To grow into strong and thriving plants, flowers need you, the Nursery Worker, to plant, feed, and water them. Certain plants may need harvesting to sell in flower shops or use for research purposes.

Raising plants is more than just a hobby for you if you want to be a successful Nursery Worker. You devote your day to caring for and tracking the growth of your plants—data you’ll use later in your research. Where do the plants go when they’re grown? Some you’ll continue to grow for further research as a Nursery Worker, or for decorative purposes. Others you pick and sell.

Part science and part intuition, this job is like a plant Babysitter and a Scientist rolled into one. Beyond your daily activities caring for your plants, you also assist in data analysis—reviewing reports for trends or interesting info—to discover new uses for your plants and improved ways to grow them.

Dig a little deeper and you’ll find that job opportunities abound in this profession. If you want to raise plants to sell or for decoration, many private and university nurseries need your skills. If science suits you better, research institutes the world over are constantly on the lookout for new Nursery Workers to come to their aid. No matter which path you take, your skills will bring beauty wherever you roam.


Should I be a Nursery Worker?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Garden Center Employee, Nursery Harvester, Nursery Laborer, Nurseryman Assistant, Nursery Plant Maintainer See More

    How to become a Nursery Worker

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