Horticulture is a part of the agrifood industry and covers plants, parks and gardens - that is, everything related to plants, grass and other greenlife. This sector employs around 80,000 people in production (such as turf farming, floriculture and nurseries), landscape gardening, parks and gardens maintenance (like greenkeeping, turf management and arboriculture) and retail (nurseries, florists).
The Northern Sydney Institute offers trade and non-trade training for the horticulture and floristry industries from Certificate II or III (including apprenticeships and traineeships) up to management level Diploma qualifications. We also offer a range of specialist short courses for community and home gardens.
Ryde Campus is one of the largest horticulture training centres in the world, set in 25 acres of beautifully landscapes gardens with facilities including computerised glasshouses, landscape design studios, a full size cricket pitch, golf green and a bowling green.
A look at the facts...
- The 'greening' of inner city buildings will provide scope for supplying niche landscaping services for the establishment of rooftop gardens, vertical gardens and accompanying infrastructure.
- The agrifood industry generates more than $200 billion a year, which is a major boost for the Australian economy, and employs up to 880,000 people. Horticulture and floristry are one of the largest employers in this industry.
- Agrifood Australia has reported shortages in the following occupations: arborist, garden and nursery worker, greenkeeper, horticulturalist, landscape gardener, park ranger.
- The floristry industry is expected to grow, reaching $1 billion by 2017, in part due to the ageing population - people over 50 spend more on flowers than younger people.
(Source: IBIS World and Agrifood Skills Australia)
A career in horticulture
Possible job roles include:
- landscape architect
- landscape gardener
- nursery attendant
- nursery tradeperson
- landscape designer
- sports turf manager
- irrigation installer
- irrigation tradesperson
- parks and gardens tradesperson
Study and career pathways
There is more than one pathway to a successful career, and it may not always be in a straight line.
This horticulture & floristry career pathway chart will give you some idea of how the different qualifications fit together and what they mean in the industry.