If you spend your summer days browsing the local farmer’s market and breathing in the smells of fresh flowers and herbs then maybe you belong in the garden. If you have a serious green thumb, why not make your hobby a job? Jobs in the green industry are expected to grow at about 22 percent over the next ten years so not only will you be doing what you love, but you’ll also have some great job security. Here are some green careers to consider:
Landscape Architects: Landscape architects design college campuses, public parks, shopping centers, golf courses and public and private parks. They plan beautiful and functional area by working with builders, engineers and surveyors. This is a wonderful job for those with artistic vision and a love for plants. Top architects made over $97,000 in 2008.
Greenhouse Workers: Greenhouse workers plant, seed, water, and harvest plants for shipping and selling. They are responsible for making sure plants have a good start and are well fertilized. Often times they will apply pesticides and herbicides. Greenhouse workers also provide gardening advice to customers and work with landscape architects to select plants that are well suited for each individual environment.
Turf Grass Managers: Turf grass managers maintain large grassy areas such as parks, schools, playing fields, and golf courses. They are in charge of seeding, fertilizing, aerating and manicuring the grass. Those working for stadiums with playing fields also work to draw correct markings on the fields and set up performance stages. A major factor in turf management is irrigation. Managers oversee the installation, programming, and operation of irrigation systems to create an ideal level of moisture. Some industry sources suggest that annual earnings can range from about $40,000 to $200,000 annually.
Agricultural Managers: Agricultural managers oversee the daily activities of farms, timber tracts, greenhouses, nurseries and other establishments for farmers and corporations. They focus on the business aspect of running a farm. If they are employed by a small farm then they may oversee all operations. If they work for a larger farm than they may just oversee a single business aspect, such as public relations or marketing. Top managers earned over $90,000 annually in 2008 according to bls.gov.
Many jobs in the green industry require a bachelor’s degree in horticulture, agriculture, environmental science or business. If you’ve dropped out of school now could be a great time to get back to college and finish your degree. Online schools allow you to earn your degree while you continue to work full-time so turning your hobby into a career could be much easier than you imagine.