A Commercial Horticulturist will be involved with growing, distributing and selling of commercial crops such as field crops, soft fruit and cut flowers. They will be employed by growers, farms and nurseries and will oversee maintenance and cultivation of the crop and negotiate contracts with buyers such as supermarkets.
You'll usually need a higher education qualification and practical experience. Relevant qualifications include foundation degrees, HNDs and bachelor degrees in subjects like professional horticulture and horticultural management. You could also take a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) qualification.
You could work your way up to management by starting out as a horticultural worker and gaining experience and qualifications. Knowledge of related areas like farming, forestry, retailing or marketing could be valuable, and you can also gain experience through:
- work placements
- RHS voluntary internships
- community gardening schemes and projects
Management Development Services Ltd (MDS Ltd) offer graduate traineeships in the fresh food, produce and arable industries.
Career Path and Progression
In large organisations you may be offered graduate training.
If you have the RHS Level 3 Diploma or equivalent and at least 4 years of experience you could complete the RHS Master of Horticulture qualification.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Agricultural contractor
- Horticultural therapist
- Good communication skills
- a hands-on practical approach to work
- good IT
- administration skills
- good at project management
- able to prioritise
- organise your workload
- able to work as part of a team
£16,000 to £21,000