Landscape Gardeners plan and construct garden landscapes.

    You can work as a Landscape Gardener without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in landscaping or horticulture might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Prepares plans and drawings, selects materials and plants, and schedules landscape construction.
    • Sets out and installs hardscape and softscape structures.
    • Constructs gravel and paved areas, walls, fences, pergolas, ponds, barbecues and garden furniture.
    • Prepares seedbeds and growing sites.
    • Plants trees, bushes, hedges, flowers and bulbs.
    • Prepares lawn areas by spreading top soil and planting grass or laying instant turf.

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    All Gardeners

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

    Landscape Gardeners

    • 20,000 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 34 years Average age
    • 5% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Landscape Gardeners (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
    from 18,100 in 2011 to 20,000 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Location: Landscape Gardeners work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Administrative and Support Services; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (76%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 5% 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)
    Construction82.0
    Administrative and Support Services7.3
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.4
    Public Administration and Safety2.1
    Other Industries6.2

    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.
    StateLandscape GardenersAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.531.6
    VIC26.525.6
    QLD19.820.0
    SA6.97.0
    WA11.110.8
    TAS1.62.0
    NT0.71.0
    ACT2.01.9

    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 BracketLandscape GardenersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-195.9-5.05.0
    20-2416.0-9.39.3
    25-3428.4-22.922.9
    35-4423.1-22.022.0
    45-5416.5-21.621.6
    55-595.3-9.09.0
    60-643.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.7-4.24.2

    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 QualificationLandscape GardenersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree5.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV45.1-21.121.1
    Year 1219.9-18.118.1
    Year 116.2-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below13.2-12.512.5

    You can work as a Landscape Gardener without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in landscaping or 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.

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    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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