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Turfgrass manager.

TURFGRASS MANAGERS MAINTAIN LARGE GRASSY AREAS ON GOLF COURSES, PLAYING FIELDS, stadiums, parks, schools and sod farms. Their duties might include seeding, aerating, pest control, erosion control, fertilizing, weeding, mowing and watering the grass. Additional duties might include installing, maintaining or repairing irrigation systems and other equipment. They may be called upon to help with setup for special events, and unless they work at a small facility, they will most likely be required to supervise other employees.

The Workplace

Turfgrass managers work at public and private facilities that include golf courses, professional sports stadiums and other playing fields, as well as schools, parks and commercial businesses such as landscaping and sod farms.

Education

Although some turfgrass managers may have trained on the job when first entering the field, many employers, especially larger ones, may prefer formal education through two- or four-year programs in turfgrass management. These programs may be found at community and technical colleges and four-year universities. The National Council for Agricultural Education, in partnership with the National Association of Agricultural Educators, has also developed educational materials as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Earnings

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cites the average hourly earnings of grounds maintenance workers as $12.31 in May 2015; however, a search of available jobs on websites such as Indeed.com and TurfNet.com turns up openings for those with a two-year degree in turfgrass management at much higher salaries. Moreover, according to the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, in 2015, the average base annual salary for a golf course superintendent with a two-year certificate was $87,263.

Job Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook H andbook expects overall job growth to be good for those working in groundskeeping and landscaping. It projects that employment in the field will grow about 6 percent from 2014 to 2024. More temperate areas of the country will likely experience the most growth.

By Susan Reese

Explore More

For more information about the career of turfgrass manager and the education and training it requires, here are some places to turn.

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America gcsaa.org

International Turfgrass Society turfsociety.com

National Association of Agricultural Educators naae.org

National Council for Agricultural Education ffa.org/thecouncil

National FFA Organization ffa.org

National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization nationalpas.org

National Turfgrass Federation turfresearch.org

Sports Turf Managers Association stm a.org

Turfgrass Producers International turfgrasssod.org

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Date:Apr 1, 2017
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