Overall employment of grounds maintenance workers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by specialty.
Employment of landscaping and groundskeeping workers—the largest specialty—is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. More workers will be needed to keep up with increasing demand for lawn care and landscaping services from large institutions, including universities and corporate campuses. Many aging or busy homeowners also may need lawn care services to help maintain their yards.
Employment of tree trimmers and pruners is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024. Many municipalities are planting more trees in urban areas, likely increasing the demand for these workers.
Overall job opportunities are expected to be very good. Job opportunities will stem from employment growth and from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation each year.
Job opportunities should be best in areas with temperate climates, where more landscaping services are required year round.
Grounds Maintenance Workers
Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24
Total, all occupations
Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations
Grounds maintenance workers
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program