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Employment: Grounds Maintenance Workers




Grounds maintenance workers held about 1.3 million jobs in 2002. Employment was distributed as follows:

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 1,074,000
First-line supervisors/managers of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers 150,000
Tree trimmers and pruners 59,000
Pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators, vegetation 27,000

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.