Landscape and horticultural technicians and specialists – NOC 2225 SDG


Number of People Who Work in this Industry


Median Income of People Working in this Occupation


Chance this Occupation Will Be Impacted by Technology in the Next Decade


Participation Rate
Percentage of the number of people actively working in the occupation as compared to the total number of people in the occupation as of
May 1 to May 7 2016


Unemployment Rate
Percentage of people looking for work as compared to the total number of people in the occupation as of the week of May 1 to May 7, 2016, when the unemployment rate was 7.8% in SDG and 5.3% in PR.


of People Working in this Occupation

36.4% of the workforce has a secondary school diploma

27.3% of the workforce has a college certificate or diploma

Age of the Workforce

in this Occupation

45.5% of the workforce is age 45 to 64

Sectors that Employ this Occupation

20% of landscape and horticultural technicians and specialists work in each of the following sectors: agriculture, retail, real estate, administrative services and arts, entertainment and recreation sectors.

Employment Outlook

The employment outlook in our region for 2017-2019 is good.

Employment growth will lead to several new positions.

Several positions will become available due to retirements.

Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities tend to be more favourable during the summer months.

Projected growth rate in Ontario: 5.1% – 6%

More Information

What Else Do I Need to Know?

Most of these technicians and specialists provide landscape and maintenance services to buildings and residences. Other key employers include amusement and recreational facilities, municipal governments, and farms.

The demand for these professionals largely depends on the level of construction activity and the need for landscape maintenance or revitalization.

There are two skilled trades associated with this occupation in Ontario, namely, horticultural technician and arborist. Although some employers do not require trade certification, many prefer those with college courses in landscaping or horticulture and/or a few years of practical experience. As such, this may focus the labour pool on individuals with specific skills such as plant knowledge and identification, landscape design, or horticultural consulting. Job seekers may also need to be familiar with software such as SketchUp as well as landscape maintenance tools and equipment.

This is a seasonal occupation, with better job prospects in the spring to summer months. These technicians and specialists often work at various locations so a valid driver’s license may be required.