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Horticulture Careers and Associations

The resources in this section are excellent places to find information about careers in horticulture. You can locate such things as career profiles, salaries, education requirements, and employment outlook projections. For information about Resumes and Interviewing Techniques, check out the Jobs and Careers Resource Guide.

C.O.D. Library Databases

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Horizons/Illinois Career Information System

Horizons / Illinois Career Information System provides career information from both a national and regional perspective. It also provides information about programs of study in your career field.

Try doing a keyword search for "horticulture" or "landscape" or use the major area headings from your assignment.

Or, you can try these career headings:

  • Landscape architects
  • Landscapers and groundskeepers
  • Nursery workers

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Discover also provides career profiles and program of study information.

  • Once you enter Discover, click "Occupations". Then click, "by keyword".
  • You search for occupations in Discover by entering the first five letters of a keyword. So try "horti" for horticulture, and "lands" for landscape. You can also try the major area headings from your assignment.

Please note that you need a User ID and password to access Discover. You can get these from the C.O.D. Library Reference Desk and the College and Career Information Center.

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O*NET (Dictionary of Occupational Titles)

O*NET provides more career profiles and also connects you to the Illinois Career InfoNet that provides information about the career outlook in Illinois.

  • Once you are in O*NET, select "Find Occupations" and do a keyword search for "horticulture", "landscaping", or try the major area headings from your assignment.
  • Select "Summary" or "Details" next to a career title to see information about that career.
  • After you have selected a career, scroll to the bottom of the page to the "Wages & Employment Link" and select Illinois. This will connect you to wage information from the Illinois Career InfoNet.

Please note that these and other C.O.D. Library career information databases can be accessed from the Career Research Databases page on the C.O.D. Library web site.

Web Sites

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U.S. Department of Labor: Occupational Outlook Handbook 2002-2003

Revised every two years, the Occupational Outlook Handbook provides career information for those making decisions about future career directions.

This is also available in print format in the C.O.D. Library (see Books in the C.O.D. Library below).

Search the following headings:

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The Illinois Green Industry Study

This unique and detailed study was completed by the University of Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences in 2001.

It is an extensive overview of the Green Industry in Illinois that provides analysis and descriptions of the structure, workforce, and unfilled positions within various sectors of the Illinois Green Industry.

Selected Websites

Green Industry Jobs (includes information about landscape, golf course, nursery, irrigation, turf, and tree care jobs) http://www.greenindustryjobs.com/

Jobs in Horticulture http://www.hortjobs.com

ASHS Careers and Education http://www.ashs.org/careers.html

LandscapeJobs.com http://www.landscapejobs.com

Daily Herald's Employment Resources [Cook/DuPage County] http://www.dailyherald.com/classified/browseEmployment.asp

Career Connector [Chicagoland] http://www.CareerConnector.com

Books in the C.O.D. Library

Careers in Horticulture and Botany
QK50.5 .G37 1997 (College and Career Information Center)

National Salary Survey of Landscape Architects and Profile of Professional Practice
SB469.38 .N37 1998 (Reference)

O*NET Dictionary of Occupational Titles
HF5382.5.U5 O5 2002 (College and Career Information Center)

Occupational Outlook Handbook
HF 5382.5 .U5 O33 2002-03 (College and Career Information Center)

Opportunities in Horticulture Careers
SB50 .G65 1995 (College and Career Information Center)

Opportunities in Landscape Architecture, Botanical Gardens, and Arboreta
SB469.384 .C35 1999 (College and Career Information Center)

VGM's Career Portraits: Plants
SB50 .K45 1999 (College and Career Information Center)

Many more books about careers in horticulture and the industry as a whole can be found in the C.O.D. Library. You can try browsing the "SB" call number areas of the General collection, the Reference collection, or the College and Career Information Center collection.

Or, when searching the C.O.D. Library catalog, you can try doing a keyword search for the major area headings from your assignment. Or try a subject search for the following subject headings:

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