Horticultural Workers

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Horticultural Workers

Horticultural Workers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, nursery workers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social contact.
  • Communicate with others primarily by face-to-face discussions. They may also speak on the phone to customers.
  • May work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Usually work outdoors. However, they sometimes work indoors in greenhouses and hydroponic gardens.
  • Sometimes wear protective attire such as work gloves. They may wear hats and sunscreen to protect themselves from the sun.
  • May be exposed to extremely hot or cold weather while working.
  • May work in very bright or very dim lighting conditions.
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  • May work physically near others.

Work Performance

  • Must fully complete and be accurate in their work. Errors could harm plants and cause nurseries to lose money.
  • Must sometimes match the pace of work to the speed of equipment.
  • Must meet weekly and monthly deadlines.


  • May work full time or part time.
  • May work weekends and long days during the summer and growing seasons.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.