Farm / Nursery / Greenhouse Worker Career

Agriculture, Horticulture and the Outdoors

 
Agriculture, Horticulture and the Outdoors Careers | Farm / Nursery / Greenhouse Worker

Farm / Nursery / Greenhouse Worker

Career Area: Agriculture, Horticulture, & the Outdoors

Occupation Group: Agriculture Workers

Salary

Percentile wages tell how much a certain percentage of an overall population in a geographic area or within a given industry or field makes. The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall.

An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Farm / Nursery / Greenhouse Worker earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $28,734

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $29,153

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Propagates, cultivates and harvests plants, primarily flowers, trees, shrubs and sod, and other crops such as mushrooms that are grown in greenhouses, or grows and harvests farm crops such as grain, fruit or vegetables. Operates and maintains equipment used to grow and harvest plants and crops. Cares for animals including dairy cows or chickens, pigs or other animals raised for meat.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

Growth
North Carolina240+2.8%
Nationwide8110+1.1%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Farm / Nursery / Greenhouse Worker is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Physical Abilities: Physical Abilities, which refers to the ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with the body, arms, and/or legs. These abilities often require strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination.
  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Detail-Oriented: A detail oriented person is someone who pays attention to the details and can make a conscious effort to understand causes instead of just the effects, and that does this in a second nature type of way.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: A Collaboration is a purposeful relationship in which all parties strategically choose to cooperate in order to achieve shared or overlapping objectives.
  • Organizational Skills: The ability to use your time, energy, resources, etc. in an effective way so that you achievethe things you want to achieve

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Repair: Restoration of a broken, damaged, or failed device, equipment, part, or property to an acceptable operating or usable condition or state.
  • Forklift Operation: A forklift (also called lift truck, fork truck, fork hoist, and forklift truck) is a powered industrial truck used to lift and move materials over short distances.
  • Cleaning: Cleaning is the process of removing unwanted substances, such as dirt, infectious agents, and other impurities, from an object or environment.
  • Customer Contact: In sales, commerce and economics, a customer (sometimes known as a client, buyer, or purchaser) is the recipient of a good, service, product or an idea - obtained from a seller, vendor, or supplier via a financial transaction or exchange for money or some other valuable consideration.
  • Basic Mathematics: Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity (numbers), structure, space, and change.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Farm / Nursery / Greenhouse Worker that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Fertilizers: A fertilizer (American English) or fertiliser (British English; see spelling differences) is any material of natural or synthetic origin (other than liming materials) that is applied to soils or to plant tissues (usually leaves) to supply one or more plant nutrients essential to the growth of plants.
  • Farm Equipment: Agricultural machinery is machinery used in farming or other agriculture.
  • Irrigation Systems: Irrigation is the application of controlled amounts of water to plants at needed intervals.

Education

This career typically requires the following level of education. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

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Education Level%
Bachelor's Degree2%
Master's Degree0%
Doctoral Degree0%

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years83%
3 to 5 years15%
6 to 8 years1%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Picker
  • Yard Attendant I
  • Farm Worker
  • Farm Worker/Trabajador De
  • Farm Laborer - Come Join The Team In

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