Potential Career Paths
What types of career opportunities are there?
Those who choose to work within the turfgrass industry can be found working in the following positions.
- Golf Course Superintendent - Organizes and directs maintenance of public and private golf course facilities.
- Athletic Field Manager - Organizes and directs maintenance of athletic fields and grounds.
- Lawn Specialist - Works with professional lawn care company to supply expertise and service to residential and commercial property owners.
- Landscape Contracting and Maintenance Specialist - Works with landscape contracting and maintenance firms to supply expertise and service to residential and commercial property owners.
- Industrial Representative - Sells and services turfgrass products, including equipment, fertilizers, seed, pesticides, and others.
- Vegetation Manager - Work with Department of Transportation to provide expertise in managing vegetation along roadsides.
- Conservationist - Work with environmental consulting firms to help landowners and users control erosion and pollution; promotes the wise use of natural resources.
- Cemetery Manager - Organizes and directs maintenance of landscapes of large cemetery operations.
- Research Aide - Helps conduct field and laboratory research experiments.
- Sod Farm Manager - Uses sound management practices to increase productivity.
- International Turfgrass Specialist - Assists with development and establishment of golf courses in foreign countries.
- Turfgrass Scientist - After graduate training, may work in university teaching, research, or extension or participate in industrial research and development.