Horticultural Business Owner

Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? Eager to start your own landscaping business or open a nursery? Find out what it takes to build a career as a horticultural business owner.

What Does Working as a Horticultural Business Owner Look Like?

greenhouse managerIf you pursue this career, you will most likely do the following:

  • Hire and manage employees.
  • Plan for production and installation of projects.
  • Communicate with clients, managers, and employees.
  • Create a vision and business plan for products and services.

To build this career, you need to understand horticultural science basics and master basic business skills. It is helpful to have a basic understanding of sales and marketing, and also of accounting and project management.

Horticultural Business Owner Salary

As a landscaping or nursery business owner, you can expect to make anywhere between $60,000 to $190,000 a year, although much of this will be determined by your business model, choices about staff and other investments and your business acumen.

What Education is Required to Work as a Horticultural Business Owner?

Most business owners in this field have an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree. If you are preparing to start your own business, you would be wise to pursue a two or four-year degree in horticultural science with a minor in business, or the inverse: a bachelor’s degree in business and a minor in horticultural science. NC State offers everything you need to set yourself up for a successful career in this vertical.

You will need practical experience in addition to your degree, both in horticulture itself and in running a business. You may wish to work both out in the field and as an account manager so that you learn all aspects of the business before you start your own company.

Ready to Get Started?

Strike out on your own. Launch your own business. Jumpstart your career by applying to a horticultural science certificate or program today.

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