These days, the potential to earn money is an extremely important factor in choosing a career. The horticulture industry scores very high on this point. It is not unusual to find contracts valued beyond hundreds of thousands of dollars. Landscaping and horticulture professionals, even those relatively new to the field, have a bright financial future.
You can be sure that for the training and skill levels required for each job, landscaping pays as much or better than just about any career area going. We can’t give you starting salary figures here because they’re going up so fast that the figures would be out of date. Why are they going up so quickly? Because of one thing: not enough people entering a growing industry. Without exception, employers in horticulture face the same big problem: a critical shortage of good employees. Their biggest headache means opportunity for you.
And it’s even better than that: this industry is growing so fast, the chances are great you’ll find yourself on the fast track for advancement.
"There is a growing segment of the population that is becoming more concerned about the environment and the environmental impact of the products they use. A sub-segment of this group is also willing to pay a premium for such products." (Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance, 2009)
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There are plenty of career opportunities in the field of horticulture. The Landscape industry has worked closely with the Ministries of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), to provide education at the high school, college and university levels that give individuals the skills they need for a successful career in the industry.
Recognizing Canadian companies that raise the level of professionalism in the landscape industry. 2016 awards ceremony to be held in Kelowna, BC this August.
Canada’s coast to coast, three-day celebration of National Garden Day which is held annually on the Friday before Father’s Day.
National Tree Day
A day set-aside to celebrate Canada's greatest natural resource. Happens the Wednesday of National Forest Week in September.
Minimum standards for the nursery industry, for use by students, educators and professionals.
An independent industry body with a mandate to administer nursery certification programs in Canada.