Grounds maintenance workers held about 1.3 million jobs in 2002. Employment was distributed as follows:
|Landscaping and groundskeeping workers
|First-line supervisors/managers of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers
|Tree trimmers and pruners
|Pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators, vegetation
About one-third of the workers in grounds maintenance were employed in companies providing landscaping services to buildings and dwellings. Others worked for property management and real-estate development firms, lawn and garden equipment and supply stores, and amusement and recreation facilities, such as golf courses and racetracks. Some were employed by local governments, installing and maintaining landscaping for parks, schools, hospitals, and other public facilities.
Almost 1 out of every 4 grounds maintenance workers was self-employed,
providing landscape maintenance directly to customers on a contract basis. About 1 of every 6 worked part time; about a tenth were of school age.