Horticultural Trades

Horticultural trades workers intensively cultivate vegetables, plants, fruit, shrubs, trees and flowers in greenhouses, market gardens, nurseries and orchards.


New workers

New workers start around £11,409. Normal pay is £21,695 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £34,243.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 17,730 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Supports trees by staking and wiring.

  • Prunes and thins trees and shrubs.

  • Propagates plants by taking cuttings and by grafting and budding, applies weed-killer, fungicide and insecticide to control pests and diseases.

  • Sows seeds and bulbs and transplants seedlings.

  • Mixes soil, composts, fertilisers and/or organic matter and spreads fertiliser and manure.

  • Prepares soil in field, bed or pot by hand or machine.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Pruning

  • Weed Control

  • Gardening

  • Mowing

  • Irrigation (Landscaping And Agriculture)

  • Horticulture

  • Landscaping

  • Machinery

  • Hand Tools

  • Mulch

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Customer Service

  • Management

  • Detail Oriented

  • Enthusiasm

  • Operations

  • Strong Work Ethic

  • Positivity

  • Planning

  • Innovation

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.