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Grounds Maintenance Workers Job Outlook

Employment of grounds maintenance workers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

More workers will be needed to keep up with increasing demand for lawn care and landscaping services from large institutions, including universities and corporate headquarters. Many aging or busy homeowners also will require lawn care services to help maintain their yards.

Employment of tree trimmers and pruners is expected to grow 18 percent, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Many municipalities are planting more trees in urban areas, likely increasing the demand for these workers.

Job Prospects

Overall job opportunities are expected to be very good. Job opportunities will come both from faster than average employment growth and from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation.

Job opportunities should be best in areas with temperate climates, where landscaping services are required year round.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition