Nurserypersons propagate and cultivate trees, shrubs, and ornamental and flowering plants in plant nurseries.

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. Most workers have not completed any post school qualifications (that is, they have finished either Year 10, 11 or 12 only). Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

Tasks

  • preparing potting media and containers before planting
  • selecting seeds, bulbs and cuttings, and planting them in beds, lawn areas and tubs
  • budding and grafting vegetative material onto root stock
  • watering plants manually and controlling automatic watering operations
  • applying pesticides to control pests, diseases, weeds and nutritional and environmental plant disorders
  • keeping records of soil mixtures, plantings, treatments, losses and yields
  • selecting plants and packaging them for presentation and delivery
  • advising customers on plant care and appropriate plants for local conditions
  • may plan sales area layouts and visual merchandise presentation

Job Titles

  • Nurseryperson
  • Nurseryperson

    Specialisations: Plant Propagator

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    moderate
  • Skill Level

    Certificate III or IV
  • Employment Size

    4,600
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    69.0%
  • Female Share

    31.0%
  • Full-Time Share

    83.0%

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This is a very small occupation employing 4600 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Moderate growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Nurserypersons work in most parts of Australia.
  • They work in many industries. Some of the main industries are: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Wholesale Trade; and Retail Trade.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 40.2 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The average age is 38 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Around 3 in 10 workers are young (aged 15 to 25 years).
  • Around 7 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20056100
20066400
20076100
20086400
20095200
20103900
20113900
20124200
20134600
20143700
20154600
20204700

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryNurserypersonsAll Jobs Average
Full-time83.068.4
Part-time17.031.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)40.240.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing45.5
Wholesale Trade35.8
Retail Trade14.4
Manufacturing4.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateNurserypersonsAll Jobs Average
NSW25.531.8
VIC31.925.5
QLD26.919.8
SA3.36.8
WA7.911.2
TAS4.42.0
NT0.01.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketNurserypersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.5-5.45.4
20-2420.8-9.99.9
25-3415.9-23.423.4
35-4423.6-21.721.7
45-547.4-21.121.1
55-5912.1-8.78.7
60-6414.2-5.95.9
65 and Over1.3-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryNurserypersonsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males69.0Males53.6
Females31.0Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationNurserypersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree0.0-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma100.0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV0.0-18.918.9
Year 120.0-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100.0-17.717.7
Below Year 100.0-8.18.1

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. Most workers have not completed any post school qualifications (that is, they have finished either Year 10, 11 or 12 only). 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 Nurserypersons who make good decisions, are physically fit and have a mature attitude.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Production and Processing

    55% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  2. Administration and Management

    49% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  3. Food Production

    49% Important

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    48% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Biology

    46% Important

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Handling and Moving Objects

    78% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

  2. Performing General Physical Activities

    78% Important

    Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

  3. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    73% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  4. Getting Information

    73% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    68% Important

    Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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