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What are the careers in plant-based industry?

Agriculture and plant-based industries offer a wide range of career opportunities that can be achieved in a variety of ways. Most people who work in the fields of horticulture, agriculture, landscaping, arboriculture, etc. have found a passion in working outdoors alongside nature. There are many pathways to take to explore your interests, and to discover what avenue into the green industry is the best fit for you. 

If you prefer to work in an office rather than outside, the industry also offers a variety of opportunities. For example, many businesses are in need of administrative, IT, and other office support.    

What are some of the job titles?

There are a variety of jobs within the industry. Here are some examples:

  • Account Manager
  • Administration and Accounting Specialists
  • Arborist
  • Business Developer
  • CAD Professional
  • Fine Gardener
  • Hardscape Installer
  • Horticultural Technician
  • Industry Supplier
  • Landscape Technician
  • Nursery/Greenhouse Professional

What is an entry level wage in plant-based industry? 

Wages vary with each business and depend on experience, skills, and education. The range for an entry-level position is generally anywhere from $17.00 to $19.00/hour. 

What is the wage for mid-level and supervisory positions?

Wages vary with each business and depend on experience, skills, and education. The range for a mid-level position is generally anywhere from $20.00 to $25.00/hour and supervisory positions may exceed $25.00/hour. 

What kind of benefits do employers offer? 

Benefits vary with each business and offerings may depend on longevity with the company. Benefits could include health benefits, retirement, and more.

Where can I get industry related training?

On this website under the “Trainings and Education” section you will find some offerings by the RI Nursery and Landscape Association. Also under “Other Certifications and Trainings,” you will find allied organizations that also offer certifications and trainings related to plant-based industry. The RINLA Facebook and Instagram pages will announce other training and educational opportunities as well.

Do I need a college education? 

For many jobs within green industry a college degree is not required. An individual can grow within a company by enhancing their knowledge and skills through training or taking courses at a local community college. 

For some professions, such as a landscape architect or environmental engineer, you will need a college degree as well as a prescribed amount of time working within the industry culminating in a test leading to a license to practice.

Do I need a high school diploma?

For most employers within the industry a high school diploma or GED certificate is preferred, but not required.

What is Registered Apprenticeship?

Registered Apprenticeship is a proven approach for preparing people for jobs while meeting businesses’ need for a skilled workforce. Apprenticeship is an employer-driven, earn-while-you-learn model that combines on-the-job training with job-related instruction, both tied to the attainment of defined skills standards. 

What is the difference between an internship and Registered Apprenticeship?

The terms “apprenticeship” and “internship” are often used interchangeably, but they are fundamentally different. An internship may be paid or unpaid, and the scope and content are highly variable, depending on the participants and organizations involved. An internship is also usually a time-bound experience (a summer or semester of employment, for example). Another important difference to note is that internships tend to be exploratory in nature, while in a Registered Apprenticeship program, participants are career-focused, full-time employees.

As an employer, how does my company participate in RINLA’s Registered Apprenticeship program?

For more information on participation in the registered apprenticeship program for your company – please contact RINLA at or call 401.781.0281