Why become a horticulturist?
There are many reasons to pursue an apprenticeship in horticulture.
Here are just a few:
Horticulture is a recession-proof occupation: People increasingly want a green living and working environment, a flourishing balcony or garden and fresh local fruits and vegetables. As a result, the outlook for future horticulturists is very good and the advanced training opportunities are varied. Qualified specialists also have opportunities to work abroad, for example in development aid.
Horticulturists are close to nature: People who love being outdoors should work in horticulture instead of just looking out the window. They work with the seasons — whether raising ornamental plants, trees and shrubs, growing fruits and vegetables, maintaining graves or developing. Actively protecting the environment and thinking in natural science terms are important aspects of the occupation. Working with plants also attracts many people looking to switch careers.
Today´s horticulturists work with modern technology: today's greenhouses are computer-controlled. The people who cultivate plants here work with highly sophisticated technology every day. And heavy machinery does the hard physical work for horticulturist, whether in tree nurseries, garden and landscape construction or growing fruits and vegetables.
Horticulturists have plenty of contact with people: Those who are good at communicating and enjoy contact with people are in high demand in the retail sector, especially as customer's expectations of expert advice continue to grow. In addition, networking and contacts are actively cultivated in the green trade, and the trade groups for the various occupations ensure lively exchanges. Young horticulturists of every sub-discipline meet regularly for shared activities.
Horticulturists are organised in a youth association: Membership in the Arbeitsgemeinschaft deutscher Junggärtner (AdJ — German Federation of Young Horticulturists) opens up major opportunities for young people. At seminars, excursions and events such as the occupational skills competition, young horticulturists can expand their personal and professional horizons, engage in domestic and international exchanges through young horticulturists associations at the state, federal and European level and receive expert support during and after their apprenticeships.
Young horticulturists — participation, support, advancement!