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Gardeners plant, cultivate, maintain, plan and construct parks, gardens and landscapes, and inspect, diagnose and treat trees and shrubs.
Plants, cultivates and maintains parks and gardens.
Maintains and cares for trees and shrubs by lopping limbs and shaping branches, treating trees with fertilisers and insecticides, removing dead or decaying trees, and advising on general tree care.
Plans and constructs garden landscapes.
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a very large occupation employing 69,500 workers. The number of workers has stayed about the same over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow strongly to 77,400. Around 48,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
There have been shortages of Arborists for a number of years. In 2016, employers found it hard to fill vacancies for qualified Arborists. To find out more, view the Department of Jobs and Small Business latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.
A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Around two in five workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Gardeners who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change. Danger signs and disposal methods.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Controlling equipment or systems.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Talking to others.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Changing what is done based on other people's actions.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 37-3011.00 - Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers.
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Operate machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.
Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?
How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?
How often do you work in very hot or very cold temperatures (above 32 or below 0 degrees Celsius)?
How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
How often do you work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.