Working in the land sector

Jobs that are to do with the land include working in horticulture, farming, landscaping, gardening and in garden centres.

You could work as a plant pathologist, carrying out research into plant diseases. You might choose a job maintaining sports grounds and become a green keeper. There are also associated jobs in sales and research. Not all land-related jobs involve working outside and getting dirty. You could just as easily be working in an office or laboratory. 

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Approximate pay levels

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As an apprentice or trainee you should expect to receive the minimum wage or apprenticeship wage.

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Employer case study

Andrew Sowerby, Institute of Chartered Foresters

"The profile of forestry is increasing locally, nationally and internationally. Managed forests provide a carbon sink and sustainable supply of natural fibre as part of a holistic environment for people, flora and fauna..."

Future careers

There are new jobs as living landscape managers, who design and plant living walls and vertical gardens. More scientific new jobs are bioprocess engineers, who work with processes to convert plants and biowastes into products. Molecular enzymologists undertake pest control research and bioremediation specialists use microorganisms to remove pollutants from the environment.

Things to consider

Things you may need to know:

  • You may need specialist training for some jobs in this area.
  • Not all jobs are outdoors, so research where you will be working.

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Careers in horticulture

LANTRA

Information, training and support for the land-based and environmental sector