These comments are for the career grouping Technical Occupations in Life Sciences, which includes Horticulturists.
Over the past few years, the number of landscape and horticultural technicians and specialists increased significantly. This increase is mainly attributable to the growth in demand for landscaping and horticultural products and services. Trends are very positive in landscaping and more mixed in horticulture. Since the landscaping industry accounts for the largest number of workers in this occupational group by far, it is expected that the number of landscape and horticultural technicians and specialists will rise sharply over the next few years.
Employment opportunities will arise primarily from high staff turnover as a result of the many technicians and specialists who leave this occupation every year because of the physical effort required, dirty work environment and low wages, especially for those with seasonal jobs. Workers also leave the occupation because they do not meet employer requirements. Other opportunities will become available owing to employment increase and, to a lesser extent, positions left vacant by those who retire or are promoted within the field. Progression to contractor, manager or supervisor positions in landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture is possible with experience in this occupation (NOC 8254, NOC 8255 and NOC 8256).
Job Seekers: 15,254
Job Openings: 18,005
Job prospects for this career are rated Fair