The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
Greenhouse and Nursery Manager
|Overview:||Greenhouse and nursery managers (Floriculturists) plan and manage the selection, cultivating, harvesting and marketing of horticultural trees, shrubs, flowers, herbs vegetables and other specialized plants. They decide upon nutrient and moisture requirements, detect and control germ and pest infestations.|
|Duties:||They decide upon the type of plants to propogate in a greenhouse such as flowers, foliage plants and bedding plants, trees, shrubs, vegetables, etc. They schedule growing and harvesting.
They plant, prune, water, fertilize and diagnose and control germ and pest infestations. They select and manage special equipment that controls greenhouse temperature, humidity and watering.
They decide how to harvest and market their crops from outdoor nurseries and greenhouses to retailers or the public. They schedule crop production based on seasons and market demand.
They train and oversee greenhouse & nursery workers and technicians who care for and harvest plants. They oversee grading, storage, packing, shipment and pricing of crops to maximize profits.
|Degree(s):||A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing)
|Job Outlook:||Employment in this field is projected to decline by 2% or more from 2014 to 2024. For comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations over the same time period is projected to be 5% to 8%.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$27,000 to $31,000|
|Education Level:||Training for this occupation generally requires a High School Degree, plus additional coursework in a vocational or technical school. In some cases, employers may require an Associate Degree.|
|Additional Training/Education:||An associate's degree and very often a bachelor's degree is required for entry-level positions. For teaching and research, a master's or a Ph.D. is necessary. Curriculum courses include horticultural studies, greenhouse management, crop production, herbaceous plant studies, pest identification and control, and business management.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information please click here.
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.