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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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