Gardeners (General) plant, cultivate and maintain parks and gardens.

    You can work as a Gardener (General) without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in horticulture might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Prepares and maintains seedbeds and growing sites.
    • Propagates and plants trees, bushes, hedges, flowers and bulbs.
    • Prepares lawn areas by spreading top soil and planting grass, and laying instant turf.
    • Maintains planted and grassed areas by weeding, trimming, fertilising, watering and mowing.
    • Prunes trees and hedges, and installs plant support and protection devices.
    • Constructs gravel and paved areas, walls, fences, pergolas, ponds, barbecues and garden furniture.
    • Examines trees to asses their condition and determine treatment.
    • Lopping limbs off trees and shaping branches using chain or handsaws.
    • Sprays and dusts plants and trees to control insects and disease, and fells diseased trees.

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    All Gardeners

    • $1,078 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Gardeners (General)

    • 29,400 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 50% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 47 years Average age
    • 16% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Gardeners (General) (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
    from 27,900 in 2011 to 29,400 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Location: Gardeners (General) work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Administrative and Support Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Education and Training.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (50%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (57%).
    • Gender: 16% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Administrative and Support Services51.6
    Public Administration and Safety11.2
    Education and Training6.5
    Construction6.3
    Other Industries24.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateGardeners (General)All Jobs Average
    NSW25.731.6
    VIC27.925.6
    QLD17.220.0
    SA9.17.0
    WA14.610.8
    TAS2.82.0
    NT1.01.0
    ACT1.71.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketGardeners (General)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.7-5.05.0
    20-246.1-9.39.3
    25-3414.0-22.922.9
    35-4420.3-22.022.0
    45-5426.4-21.621.6
    55-5912.7-9.09.0
    60-649.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over8.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationGardeners (General)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree6.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV35.2-21.121.1
    Year 1217.4-18.118.1
    Year 116.9-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below21.7-12.512.5

    You can work as a Gardener (General) without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in horticulture might be helpful.

    Thinking about study or training?

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

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

    Employers look for Gardeners who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Chemistry

      42% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

    2. Customer and personal service

      41% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Mechanical

      39% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    4. Mathematics

      39% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Biology

      38% Skill level

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

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Outdoors, exposed to weather

      100% Important

      Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

    2. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

      95% Important

      Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

    3. Very hot or cold temperatures

      95% Important

      Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

    4. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      91% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

    5. Dangerous equipment

      89% Important

      Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

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