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

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 4,900 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Higher unemployment Unemployment
  • 76.3% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 37.3 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 22.5% female Gender Share

The number of Nurserypersons grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
from 4,900 in 2018 to 5,100 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 600 a year).

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
  • Location: Nurserypersons work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Victoria.
  • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Wholesale Trade; and Retail Trade.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (76.3%, higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 37.3 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 22.5% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
20085400
20095900
20105000
20112300
20124900
20134200
20144400
20153200
20163400
20175200
20184900
20235100

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Fishing40.1
Wholesale Trade39.0
Retail Trade16.1
Health Care and Social Assistance2.1
Other Industries2.7

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 2017, 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
NSW33.131.6
VIC38.126.2
QLD9.519.7
SA6.66.7
WA10.110.8
TAS2.62.0
NT0.01.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-193.0-5.25.2
20-2418.1-9.99.9
25-3423.4-23.623.6
35-449.2-21.721.7
45-5416.6-20.820.8
55-597.9-8.88.8
60-643.4-6.06.0
65 and Over18.3-4.04.0

Education Level

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 Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree0-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma100-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV0-18.918.9
Year 120-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
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Employers look for Nurserypersons who make good decisions, are physically fit and have a mature attitude.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-2092.01 - Nursery Workers.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-2092.01 - Nursery Workers.

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