Greenkeepers establish and maintain fine turf, grassed areas and synthetic surfaces used for sporting events.

Also known as: Turf Keeper.

You can work as a Greenkeeper without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in turf management, horticulture or similar might be helpful.

Tasks

  • preparing seedbeds for new turf
  • establishing and maintaining turf by watering, over sowing or over seeding, and repairing green damage
  • mowing, rolling and levelling turf
  • pegging and marking out lines and logos, installing nets, posts and stumps, and placing other sports equipment on playing areas
  • operating and maintaining hand and power driven equipment such as mowers, aerators, cultivators, corers and line marking equipment
  • constructing cricket wickets, tennis courts, and bowling, croquet and golf greens
  • replanting, repairing, aerating, fertilising and top dressing lawns
  • installing and maintaining synthetic surfaces
  • may maintain buildings, fences and surrounding gardens

All Greenkeepers

  • $1,135 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 20,800 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 75% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 3% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Greenkeepers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 20,800 in 2018 to 22,800 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 14,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,800 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
  • Location: Greenkeepers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Education and Training; and Accommodation and Food Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,135 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (75%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (52%).
  • Gender: 3% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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
200814300
200918600
201014100
201113900
201214300
201315700
201415400
201512100
201613000
201717500
201820800
202322800

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsGreenkeepersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings11351460

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)
Arts and Recreation Services33.7
Education and Training22.2
Accommodation and Food Services15.8
Public Administration and Safety7.5
Other Industries20.8

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.
StateGreenkeepersAll Jobs Average
NSW31.931.6
VIC17.925.6
QLD26.520.0
SA8.47.0
WA9.210.8
TAS3.42.0
NT1.31.0
ACT1.31.9

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 BracketGreenkeepersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.6-5.05.0
20-249.8-9.39.3
25-3416.3-22.922.9
35-4417.6-22.022.0
45-5422.8-21.621.6
55-5912.2-9.09.0
60-6410.1-6.06.0
65 and Over6.6-4.24.2

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 QualificationGreenkeepersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree2.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV48.3-21.121.1
Year 1213.8-18.118.1
Year 115.4-4.84.8
Year 10 and below21.3-12.512.5

You can work as a Greenkeeper without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in turf management, horticulture or similar 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.

Useful links and resources


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

Employers look for Greenkeepers who show sound judgement and make good decisions, are physically fit and have a mature attitude.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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.

Occupational Information Network
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The skills and 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.

Filter Work Environment

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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and 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.

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