Like many construction trades, landscaping is a skill dating back thousands of years. Landscapers maintain grounds for home owners, developments, schools, shopping centers, parks, hospitals
Much of the work is outdoors and is physically demanding—including bending, climbing, lifting, kneeling and standing for long periods. If you enjoy working outdoors, have an eye for detail and like working with your hands, landscaping may be the trade for you!
Pre-apprentice landscaping programs teach skills and techniques employers are looking for in entry-level landscapers. Skills include:
- Planting, transplanting, pruning and maintaining trees, shrubs
- Seeding, edging, raking and treating lawns
- Building retaining walls, terraces, fences and bed borders
- Installing and maintaining plumbing for water features like ponds and fountains
- Installing low-voltage lighting projects like solar outdoor lighting
- Using green building techniques to reduce resources used and conserve water
- Depending on geographic location, students also may learn how to harvest rainwater by building a collection and distribution system.
Job growth is expected at a faster-than-average rate through
327 Careers graduates earn about $10 an hour in their first landscaping jobs. As skills are expanded through our full apprenticeships or on the job training, so are career options. Pay increases significantly also after becoming fully certified.
- Landscape Contractor
- Landscape Designer
- Landscape Installer
- Landscape Helper