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

Specialisations: Plant Propagator.

You can work as a Nurseryperson without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in horticulture, agriculture or production nursery might be helpful.

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

All Nurserypersons

  • $1,073 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Unavailable Unemployment
  • 2,600 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 66% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 40% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Nurserypersons (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 4,200 in 2014 to 2,600 in 2019.

Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Nurserypersons work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Retail Trade; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,073 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 (66%, similar to the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (56%).
  • Gender: 40% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Caution: The 2019 employment projections do not take account of any impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and are therefore no longer reflective of current labour market conditions. As such, they should be used, and interpreted, with extreme caution. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.
YearNumber of Workers
20095600
20104800
20112200
20124700
20134000
20144200
20153500
20163100
20175300
20183900
20192600
20242700

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.
EarningsNurserypersonsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings10731460

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)
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing60.0
Retail Trade17.5
Wholesale Trade16.4
Public Administration and Safety1.6
Other Industries4.5

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.
StateNurserypersonsAll Jobs Average
NSW29.631.6
VIC34.725.6
QLD17.520.0
SA6.27.0
WA7.410.8
TAS2.72.0
NT0.81.0
ACT1.01.9

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 BracketNurserypersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.1-5.05.0
20-246.5-9.39.3
25-3416.4-22.922.9
35-4418.8-22.022.0
45-5422.7-21.621.6
55-5913.3-9.09.0
60-649.7-6.06.0
65 and Over10.6-4.24.2

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 QualificationNurserypersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree13.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV33.2-21.121.1
Year 1214.8-18.118.1
Year 116.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below14.4-12.512.5

You can work as a Nurseryperson without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in horticulture, agriculture or production nursery 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 Nurserypersons who make good decisions, are physically fit and have a mature attitude.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and processing

    38% Skill level

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

  2. Administration and management

    34% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  3. Food production

    32% Skill level

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

  4. Biology

    32% Skill level

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

  5. Education and training

    31% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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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, 45-2092.01 - Nursery 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.

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Demands

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

  1. Spend time standing

    94% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  2. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    85% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    82% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Very hot or cold temperatures

    80% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  5. Walking and running

    80% Important

    Spend time walking and running.

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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, 45-2092.01 - Nursery Workers.

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