Landscape and Horticultural Technicians and Specialists

(NOC 2225)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

This group includes those design, develop, and maintain landscaped spaces and who advise clients on issues related to horticulture. They work for landscape designers and contractors, lawn service and tree care businesses, golf courses, nurseries and greenhouses, and municipal, provincial, and national parks, or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 65 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

  • Estimate 705 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 2585 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Landscape and Horticulture Technicians and Specialists most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 29% of Landscape and Horticulture Technicians and Specialists who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $56,278. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$12.95

Minimum

$19.00

Median

$26.75

Maximum

Annual Pay

$4,292

Minimum

$21,117

Median

$65,654

Maximum

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Hourly Pay

$18.00

Minimum

$37.80

Median

$48.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

This group includes those design, develop, and maintain landscaped spaces and who advise clients on issues related to horticulture. They work for landscape designers and contractors, lawn service and tree care businesses, golf courses, nurseries and greenhouses, and municipal, provincial, and national parks, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Arborists and tree service technicians:

  • Examine trees and shrubs to diagnose problems and disease, and apply various treatments like pruning, spraying, repairing damaged areas and injecting with treatment solutions.

Golf course superintendents:

  • Direct crews who maintain the health and appearance of golf courses and their surrounding landscapes, plant and move trees, and apply fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, and pesticides.

Horticulturists:

  • Plan and coordinate the growth and use of plants for landscaping, ornamental uses, and other purposes.

Landscape designers and landscape architectural technicians and technologists:

  • Survey and assess sites, prepare drawings, sketches, and reports, and perform other duties to help landscape architects design landscaped environments.

Landscape gardeners:

  • Plant and maintain private and public lawns and gardens.

Landscapers:

  • Plan and construct landscaped environments that may include trees, shrubberies, lawns, fences, decks, patios, and other landscape structures.

Lawn care specialists:

  • Visit clients, assess the health of lawns, and apply fertilizer, pesticides, and other lawn care products.

Sample job titles

  • arborist
  • cultivation technician
  • greenskeeper
  • horticulture technician
  • horticulture technologist
  • hydroponics technician
  • irrigation technician (except agriculture)
  • landscape architectural technologist
  • landscape horticulturalist
  • lawn care specialist

Skills

You should enjoy technical work and have an interest in science. A high degree of manual dexterity and mechanical ability may be necessary. You must be able to work alone or as part of a team. Good communication skills are important. Physical stamina may be required for landscaping and gardening. Some jobs may require working with dangerous chemical substances or exposure to unpleasant odours.

Job requirements

  • A university or college program in agronomy, arboriculture, horticulture, landscaping, landscape design or landscape technology is usually required.
  • An apprenticeship program is available for horticulturists, arboriculturists and landscape gardeners.
  • Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is available to qualified workers and allows for interprovincial mobility.
  • A provincial licence to apply chemical fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides may be required.

Other considerations

Experience as a landscape and grounds maintenance labourer may be required for golf course superintendents, landscape gardeners and landscapers. Certification as a landscape horticulturalist is available in Nova Scotia.

By the numbers

Quick look

425

employed in 2016

77.4%

employed full-time

31.0%

self employed

33.3%
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66.7%
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44.9

median age

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

25,875

employed in 2016

91.5%

employed full-time

7.6%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

42.2%

Halifax

19.3%

North Shore

16.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.0%

Southern

9.6%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

43.5%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

18.8%

Arts, entertainment and recreation

11.6%

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

10.1%

Public administration

7.2%

Retail trade

What is the age of Employment?

22.0%

45-54

22.0%

55-64

22.0%

25-34

18.0%

35-44

12.0%

15-24

5.0%

65+

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

24.2%

25-34

23.5%

45-54

23.4%

35-44

16.4%

55-64

7.7%

15-24

Top levels of education

27.4%

Bachelor

$27,613 median annual income
25.0%

College Diploma

$26,006 median annual income
21.4%

High school

$13,259 median annual income
10.7%

Trade Certification

$12,705 median annual income
8.3%

Diploma Below Bachelor

$27,725 median annual income

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

33.1%

College Diploma

$59,986 median annual income
29.8%

Bachelor

$63,965 median annual income
11.9%

High school

$45,835 median annual income
9.9%

Master

$65,105 median annual income
6.9%

Trade Certification

$57,773 median annual income

Education & training

Applied Horticulture

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs focus on growing and processing domesticated plants, shrubs, flowers, foliage, trees, groundcovers, and related plant materials, managing technical and business operations connected with horticultural services, and the scientific principles needed to understand plants and their management and care.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

Kentville, NS

Horticultural Science

College or University Program

These programs focus on the scientific principles related to cultivating garden and ornamental plants, including fruits, vegetables, flowers, and landscape and nursery crops. They include courses in specific types of plants like citrus, breeding horticultural varieties, physiology of horticultural species, and the scientific management of horticultural plant development and production through the life cycle.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

Truro, NS

Apprenticeship Training

Halifax, NS

Landscaping and Groundskeeping

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs prepare students to manage and maintain indoor and/or outdoor ornamental and recreational plants and groundcovers and related designs created by landscape architects, interior designers, enterprise owners or managers, and individual clients. They include courses in applicable principles of horticulture, gardening, plant and soil irrigation and nutrition, turf maintenance, plant maintenance, equipment operation and maintenance, personnel supervision, and purchasing.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

Truro, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

Kentville, NS

Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs apply scientific principles of controlling the animal and weed infestation of domesticated plant populations including agricultural crops, preventing/reducing economic loss, and controlling environmental pollution and degradation related to pest infestation and pest control measures. They include courses in entomology, applicable animal sciences, plant pathology and physiology, weed science, crop science, and environmental toxicology.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

Truro, NS

Specialized Sales, Merchandising and Marketing Operations - Other

College, Trades, or University Program

This includes any program not listed elsewhere that relates to Specialized Sales, Merchandising and Marketing Operations.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

Kentville, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Landscape Horticulturist

Certificate of Qualification (Voluntary): This is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Employers may require certification, but a certificate is not needed to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
1256 Barrington Street, 3rd Fl, Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651

Contacts

Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change
Halifax, NS
Landscape Nova Scotia
Dartmouth, NS
Horticulture Nova Scotia
Kentville, NS

Additional resources

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