Landscape architects are the people that beautify the areas around public and private buildings. Golf courses, parks, and public gardens with beautiful flowers and stonework are the finished products of a talented landscape and garden architect. These artists create breathtaking outdoor places by using flowers, trees, stone, fountains, sidewalks, and pathways as well as other structures to complement each other. People in this profession will create the layouts for popular arboretums and public walking trails. Whimsical, fun playgrounds are also designed by these outdoor architects.
Simply put, a landscaper earns a living by adjusting earth and water to be more aesthetically pleasing. Someone trained in landscaping might primarily work to improve upon an existing home & garden layout, or they might work in one of the more specialized areas of landscaping. Some of the specialties someone interested in landscaping might choose to pursue would be designing water gardens and fountains (aquascape), installing lawn sprinkler systems and drains (irrigation systems) or designing practical solutions for orchards and farms. Since educational requirements are not particularly strict for someone looking to break into the landscaping business, this might be a good choice for someone wanting to start a new career right away.
Soil and plant scientists work in the agricultural field studying the different compositions of soil and the effect they have on plant life, crops, and the national food supply. Some soil and plant scientists work directly in the field, while others work in test kitchens developing new ways to process foods. By studying the characteristics of yielding crops, how they grow in different soils, how to control pests, and the general chemical, biological, and physical makeup of the ground and plants, soil and plant scientists work to increase the national production of food as the need and population grows.
Grounds maintenance workers provide a pleasant outdoor environment by ensuring that the grounds of houses, businesses, and parks are attractive, orderly, and healthy. Many grounds maintenance jobs are seasonal, available mainly in the spring, summer, and fall. Most of the work is done outdoors in all kinds of weather. The work can be repetitive and physically demanding, requiring frequent bending, kneeling, lifting, and shoveling.
A Nursery Worker nurtures baby seedlings so they can grow into adult plants. The job is part of the horticulture profession and can range from working in smaller greenhouses that specifically grow flowers or vegetables, to large industrial farms that can house an enormous amount and variety of plants. Workers are responsible for maintaining the quality of the greenery under their care, and determine the environmental conditions necessary for optimum growth and development. They also monitor the whole process from the initial planting to harvest.