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Landscape Technician

Many corporate and private land owners are turning to someone else to manage, redesign, and maintain their property. As a Landscape Technician you would also study, grow, and transplant flowers, shrubs and trees, and do some landscaping construction. Landscapers often have to construct walkways and small foot bridges for customers, and this requires knowledge of math and physics. They also need those skills to survey the property and construct and read blueprints. Maintenance and installation of sprinkler systems requires basic understanding of pressure, volume, and some spatial geometry. Business math will be useful when ordering parts and managing workers schedules and pay. To become a Certified Landscape Technician you must take courses on a college level and may have to complete an apprenticeship. To be accepted to an appropriate program you will probably need at least Grade 12 Mathematics at or above the general level. If you attend the University of Florida to get a degree in Landscaping Architecture you can expect your classes to include Pre-calculus, Trigonometry, Algebra, and Statistics. Most Landscape Technicians work for a company that provides landscaping services and about 1 in 6 are self employed, working on a contract basis. (In 2000) they usually earned between $8 and $15 an hour.


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Bibliography

Manitoba Advanced Education and Training
http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/aet/apprent/tchoices/trades/landstec1.htm

University of Florida Landscaping Architecture
http://web.dcp.ufl.edu/landscape/ugrad_cur.htm

US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos172.htm




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