The South Australian horticulture industry employs 7,400 people, which is around 0.9% of the State’s workforce.

Most people working in this industry provide services to residential homes, sporting and public facilities.

Most of the jobs are in metropolitan areas, but there are also opportunities in the Adelaide Hills and regional South Australia.

Job openings for skilled workers




Quick facts about this industry

  • Around 60% people work full-time.
  • The majority of people do not have a qualification, but if you want to get ahead, a qualification is highly recommended. One in three people in this industry has a certificate III.
  • The horticulture workforce is mostly male, although there are a growing number of women.
  • People are generally older than those in other industries.
  • To work in this industry you need to be observant and methodical, able to do manual and heavy work and be willing to work outdoors.
  • The majority of nursery workers and gardeners earn between $600 and $800 per week.

School options

Ask your Vocational Education and Training (VET) Coordinator at school for information about doing vocational education during the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), including the Training Guarantee for SACE (or equivalent) students. Visit the VET section of the SACE website for training options in:

  • Horticulture

Vocational qualifications include:

  • Certificate I – Advanced Diploma of Horticulture
  • Certificate I – Diploma of Permaculture
  • Certificate II – Diploma of Arboriculture
  • Certificate II – Diploma of Parks and Gardens
  • Certificate II – Diploma of Irrigation
  • Certificate III qualifications in Commercial Seed Processing, Indigenous Land Management, Landscape Construction, Retail Nursery and Sports Turf Management. 
  • Certificates II - IV and Diploma of Production Horticulture
  • Certificate III in Commercial Composting
  • Certificate II – Diploma of Landscaping, Landscape Construction and Landscape Design
  • Certificate III – Diploma in Pest Management

See courses related to this industry.

University disciplines include:

  • Agricultural science
  • Environmental science
  • Viticulture and oenology

Explore university courses offered in South Australia, including courses from:

For more information about university courses visit South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) or for information about student satisfaction visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Apply to study

For enrolment information for South Australian universities and some TAFE SA courses, visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

For subsidised training enrolment information, see Enrolling in subsidised training.

For more information, call the Infoline on 1800 673 097.

Occupations in this industry

Horticulture involves the cultivation and management of fruit, vegetables, nuts, flowers, turf and nursery products.

General gardeners plant and care for trees, lawns, shrubs and flower beds in areas around public and private institutions, city squares, parks and gardens, sports grounds and private homes.

Horticultural tradespeople maintain plants and planted areas, construct horticultural features, and apply treatments to improve plant growth and control pests

Key occupations

Other occupations in this industry include:

Arboriculture worker, arborist, floriculturist, fruit and vegetable picker, horticultural tradesperson, groundsperson, horticultural assistant, landscape architect, landscape gardener, nursery worker, tree surgeon, turf keeper or winery worker.

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Career information has been sourced from government publications.  See data sources for more information.

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