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Employability Skills in Horticulture

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  1. Employability Skills in Horticulture Objective: Describe skills needed for employment and careers in the horticulture industry.

  2. What is Horticulture? • Horticulture comes from the Latin words hortus which means “garden” and cultorum which means “cultivation”. • Horticulture is the cultivation, processing and marketing of flowers, ornamental plants, vegetables, fruits and nuts.

  3. Divisions of Horticulture • Fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants • Floriculture • Landscape and nursery industry • Olericulture • Pomology

  4. Floriculture • Floriculture is the science and practice of growing, harvesting, storing, designing, and marketing flowering plants.

  5. Landscape and Nursery • Landscape and nursery industry is the science and practice of propagation, growing, planting, maintaining and using grasses, annuals, shrubs and trees.

  6. Olericulture • Olericulture is the science and practice of growing, harvesting, storing, processing and marketing vegetables.

  7. Pomology • Pomology is the science and practice of growing, harvesting, storing, processing and marketing tree grown fruits.

  8. Importance of Horticulture • Horticulture has three main areas of importance. • Economic • Aesthetic • Environmental

  9. Economic Importance • The horticulture industry puts over $25 billion dollars into the U.S. economy annually. • Provides jobs • Produces food (fruits, vegetables, nuts) • Increases value of homes through landscaping

  10. Aesthetic value (appearance) • Improves the appearance of homes and buildings through landscaping • Improves the appearance of land from fruit, vegetable and ornamental crops grown.

  11. Environmental • Includes health and comfort • cleans air • prevents erosion • provides shade • nutrition

  12. What are some jobs in horticulture?

  13. Greenhouse Employee • Grows vegetables and flowers including • cut flowers • bedding plants • potted plants • hanging baskets • Performs both sexual and asexual propagation of plants

  14. Nursery Employee • Grows seedlings and plants for landscaping, replanting in forests, or producing fruit

  15. Garden Center Employee • Cares for plants • moves plants and supplies • arranges and displays plants and supplies • sells plants and supplies

  16. Grounds Maintenance Employee • Cares for the land area and plants that surround a business, school, church, industry or other public or private places that have lawns and plants that have to be maintained

  17. Golf Course Employee • Responsible for maintenance of: • golf course including turfgrass • irrigation and drainage • sand trap • trees and shrubs • buildings and equipment

  18. Park Employee • Maintains plants, grounds, buildings, facilities, equipment and driveways in national, state, city or privately owned parks

  19. What qualifications do I need to work in the horticulture industry?

  20. Skills Skills vary from unskilled to highly skilled depending on the career in horticulture. A materials handler needs few skills, but an inspector needs many skills to check for quality, for insects or diseases or for following governmental rules.

  21. Personal Interests and Qualifications • Before seeking a job one must consider: • Work inside or outside or a combination • Work in a group or alone • Work with people or plants • Work at routine tasks or varying jobs • Physical strength to do the job

  22. Educational Qualifications • Educational qualifications vary depending on the careers • High school graduate or less for unskilled entry-level jobs • Technical degree for skilled jobs • Bachelors, masters or doctorate degree for most professional areas because of required licenses, paperwork, research and/or teaching

  23. Career Outlook • Outlook for the horticulture industry is expected to grow because of the increase in population and new home construction. I see plants in your future!