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FOCUS :

HORTICULTURE

heights and a degree of physical fitness
if you're undertaking tree surgery.
How can I progress? You could end up
running your own business and, if you
want to become more specialised,
you could progress to management
or consultancy work.
How much can I earn? Salaries start at
£15,000 to £21,000 for an arboricultural
contractor, rising to £25,000 to
£30,000 as an arboricultural consultant.

Groundsman
If you love being outside, a career as a
groundsman could really hit the mark.
You may be looking after sportsgrounds
such as football, cricket or rugby pitches,
and maintaining them to a high standard.
The job also covers estate and grounds
management for private gardens, schools
or trust-run properties, as well as amenity
open spaces such as parks and green
spaces in towns and villages.
What skills do I need? A qualification in
horticulture or sports and amenity turf
maintenance is beneficial. You can also
enter the profession as an apprentice and
get on-the-job training. The ability to
operate heavy equipment and interpret
plans and drawings is important.
How can I progress? You could become
a grounds manager for a top sporting
venue, or manage a large team for a local
authority or estate.
How much can I earn? Starting salaries
are around £17,500, rising to £48,000
with experience.

Commercial grower
This involves the growing, distribution
and selling of food crops or plants and
flowers. You might decide to specialise
in a particular area, such as soft fruits or
vegetables, while employment could be
within food and produce companies,
farms, plant nurseries or garden centres.
What skills do I need? You'll need a good
knowledge of horticulture, such as a
certificate or diploma in horticulture,
agriculture or soil/earth sciences, along
with commercial awareness and good
organisational and teamwork skills.
Experience of crop growing is helpful.
How can I progress? With experience,
you could become a manager overseeing

Helping plants and trees to thrive
must surely be one of the most
satisfying careers for your soul
all aspects of the production process,
from plant cultivation and maintenance
to negotiating contracts with buyers.
How much can I earn? Starting salaries
will be £16,000 or so, rising to £30,000
at a senior level.

Horticultural scientist
Also known as a soil and plant scientist,
a horticultural scientist might conduct
research into plant genetics, soil, growth
patterns or plant production. Jobs might
involve developing techniques for better
crop production, dealing with pests and
diseases, and controlling weeds. You may
also consult with crop developers about
growing techniques.
What skills do I need? A science degree
is usually required in a subject such as

horticulture, botany or ecology, possibly
progressing to an MSc or PhD.
How can I progress? You could work
for a government research institute,
undertake research at a university,
or work within a food processing and
marketing company.
How much can I earn? Salaries usually
start at around £16,000, rising to
around £52,000 with experience.
FIND OUT MORE
* Royal Horticultural Association:
rhs.org.uk
* The Arboricultural Association:
trees.org.uk
* Institute of Groundsmanship:
iog.org

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