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Agriculture, Horticulture, & the Outdoors | Farm / Nursery / Greenhouse Worker

Farm / Nursery / Greenhouse Worker

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Farm, Nursery, or Greenhouse Worker propagates, cultivates and harvests plants, primarily flowers, trees, shrubs and sod, and other crops such as mushrooms that are grown in greenhouses, or grows and harvests farm crops such as grain, fruit or vegetables. Operates and maintains equipment used to grow and harvest plants and crops. Cares for animals including dairy cows or chickens, pigs or other animals raised for meat.

Job Outlook

There were 863 Farm / Nursery / Greenhouse Worker job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 29812 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Farm / Nursery / Greenhouse Worker industry, which includes the Farm / Nursery / Greenhouse Worker career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Farm / Nursery / Greenhouse Worker jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $30,553.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $29,096.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Farm / Nursery / Greenhouse Worker postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $25,738.

Education and Experience

Posted Farm / Nursery / Greenhouse Worker jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree5.53%
Master's Degree0.75%
Doctoral Degree0.33%
Other24.57%

Posted Farm / Nursery / Greenhouse Worker jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years77.86%
3 to 5 years19.58%
6 to 8 years1.47%
9+ years1.08%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Farm / Nursery / Greenhouse Worker positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Lifting Ability (24.85%)
  • Communication (20.36%)
  • Operations (14.53%)
  • Management (13.39%)
  • Detail Oriented (12.71%)
  • Loading And Unloading (8.76%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (8.26%)
  • Sanitation (8.01%)
  • Customer Service (7.23%)
  • Leadership (7.23%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Transplanting (11.65%)
  • Farm Equipment (20.14%)
  • Irrigation (Landscaping And Agriculture) (45.22%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Hand Tools (13.34%)
  • Fertilizers (9.51%)
  • Agriculture (9.71%)
  • Cannabis (13.43%)
  • Landscaping (10.67%)
  • Mowing (12.95%)
  • Machinery (13.37%)
  • Pruning (16.08%)
  • Weed Control (11.69%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Cannabis Cultivation (4.75%)
  • Crop Harvesting (5.51%)
  • Agricultural Equipment (8.08%)
  • Fertilizer Application (6.2%)
  • Farming (13.12%)
  • Tillage (7.45%)
  • Biosecurity (4.41%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Crop Harvesting (9.93%)
  • Fertilizer Application (11.19%)
  • Farming (23.67%)
  • Irrigation (Landscaping And Agriculture) (81.57%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Farm / Nursery / Greenhouse Worker skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Farm Worker
  • Irrigation Technician
  • Farm Hand
  • Conservation Technician
  • Ranch Hand
  • Agricultural Equipment Operator
  • Farm Equipment Operator
  • Greenhouse Worker
  • Plant Worker
  • Irrigation Specialist

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Farm / Nursery / Greenhouse Worker jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Pilgrim's Pride (607)
  • State of Michigan (581)
  • Brightview (488)
  • GPAC (367)
  • Tyson Foods (312)
  • Smithfield Foods (271)
  • Hansen Agri-PLACEMENT (242)
  • Agricruit LTD (218)
  • Ianthus Capital Holdings (210)
  • East Coast Cannabis Company (144)

North Carolina

  • Smithfield Foods (166)
  • Pilgrim's Pride (44)
  • Murphy Family Ventures (37)
  • Tyson Foods (21)
  • Applebee's (16)
  • Wayne-Sanderson Farms (14)
  • Goodwill (12)
  • Metrolina Greenhouses (10)
  • Mountaire Farms (7)
  • Select Genetics (7)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!