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Nursery Workers

Work in nursery facilities or at customer location planting, cultivating, harvesting, and transplanting trees, shrubs, or plants.   (O'Net 45-2092.01)

Reported job titles:   Baller, Budder, Bulb Grower, Bulb Packer, Bulb Planter, Bulb Weeder, Caretaker, Cutter, Field Hand, Florist Helper, Flower Cutter, Flower Picker, Flower Planter, Flower Stripper, Garden Center Employee, Geranium Specialist, Grafter, Greenhouse Assistant, Greenhouse Helper, Greenhouse Laborer, Greenhouse Manager, Greenhouse or Nursery Transplanter, Greenhouse Specialist, Greenhouse Worker, Ground Worker, Groundman, Grounds and Nursery Specialist, Grower, Hand Cultivator, Harvester, Herb Digger, Herb Specialist, Horticultural Specialty Grower, Horticultural Worker, Horticulture Worker, Laborer, Landscape Foreman, Landscape Nurseryman, Nursery Harvester, Nursery Helper, Nursery Laborer, Nursery Plant Maintainer, Nursery Worker, Nurseryman Assistant, Orchid Hand, Orchid Transplanter, Packer, Picker, Plant Nursery Worker, Plant Production Worker, Planting Material Carrier, Planting Material Remover, Planting Material Unloader, Potter, Propagation Worker, Propagator Laborer, Replanter, Replanting Machine Crew, Sprinkling Worker, Transplant Worker, Transplanter, Tree Surgeon Helper, Tree Wrapper, Watering Worker, Weeder
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    for Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse which includes:
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     Location Pay
    Percentile Wages Average
    10% 25% 50%
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 10.98   $ 12.62   $ 15.24   $ 17.08   $ 18.21   $ 14.77  
    Yearly $22,830   $26,260   $31,700   $35,530   $37,870   $30,720  
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 10.58   $ 11.58   $ 13.78   $ 16.32   $ 18.02   $ 13.93  
    Yearly $22,010   $24,100   $28,650   $33,940   $37,480   $28,970  
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.73   $ 15.16   $ 16.35   $ 17.58   $ 18.31   $ 15.88  
    Yearly $26,470   $31,530   $34,020   $36,560   $38,090   $33,020  
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 10.83   $ 12.00   $ 13.33   $ 14.72   $ 17.62   $ 13.63  
    Yearly $22,520   $24,960   $27,730   $30,620   $36,640   $28,350  
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    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2018.

    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    Annual job openings
    (due to change and
    2016 2026
    Vermont 787 936 1.7% 145
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2018.

    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    Crop production 80.4%
    Support activities for agriculture and forestry 4.5%
    Animal production and aquaculture 3.4%
    Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods 3.2%
    Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers 2.2%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2018.

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  • Plant, spray, weed, fertilize, and water plants, shrubs, and trees, using hand tools and gardening tools.
  • Harvest plants, and transplant or pot and label them.
  • Feel plants' leaves and note their coloring to detect the presence of insects or disease.
  • Operate tractors and other machinery and equipment to fertilize, cultivate, harvest, and spray fields and plants.
  • Inspect plants and bud ties to assess quality.
  • Dig, cut, and transplant seedlings, cuttings, trees, and shrubs.
  • Move containerized shrubs, plants, and trees, using wheelbarrows or tractors.
  • Clean work areas, and maintain grounds and landscaping.
  • Haul and spread topsoil, fertilizer, peat moss, and other materials to condition soil, using wheelbarrows or carts and shovels.
  • Maintain and repair irrigation and climate control systems.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Nursery Workers  updated June 2007

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  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Nursery Workers  updated June 2007

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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Nursery Workers  updated June 2010

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  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Dynamic Strength - The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Nursery Workers  updated June 2007

    Work Activities
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  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information - Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Nursery Workers  updated June 2007

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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Nursery Workers  updated June 2008

    Work Styles
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Nursery Workers  updated June 2007

    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.

    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed
  • Education: Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
  • Experience: Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Nursery Workers  updated June 2007

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  • Look for statewide information over the latest 12 months for Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Nursery Workers 

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