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Anyone who works in private or public gardening needs equipment and materials to do their work, from fertilisers and seeds to machinery and tools. They may also require services to help maintain equipment. Enterprises that provide these products and services vary in size and scope of work. Many are small family businesses that are catering to a small and perhaps local or specialist market. Others can be very large with dozens, and perhaps hundreds of employees. Some may employ thousands.
The products or services offered must cater to market needs which are constantly changing; hence the products offered need to be constantly changing. Whether small or large, any sustainable enterprise in this sector will be actively involved in research and development, manufacturing and delivery of the product (or service) and marketing. In a small family business, the same person or people may need to fulfill all these work roles; but in most medium or larger enterprises, different staff will specialise in research and development, manufacturing, delivery and marketing.
Examples of products may include: tree, shrub, flower and lawn seed, fertilisers, plant pots, potting media (soil mixes, soil substitutes), irrigation equipment, garden tools, garden machinery, machine servicing and repair, horticultural fabrics, greenhouses and other garden buildings, landscaping materials.
This sector covers not only manufacture and wholesale supply and servicing, but also includes retail garden centres, plant nurseries, hiring specialist equipment, providing consulting services, professional associations, garden clubs and even government departments conducting research or providing trade representation. This industry sector is sometimes referred to as “allied trades”
Given the variety of roles in which people may work supporting the health and wellbeing industry, and the differing levels of involvement with this sector that some of the more peripheral jobs may have, there is no particular route into working in these positions.
If you are interested in the wellbeing sector, but do not wish to work as a practitioner there are some things you could do to steer a career in this direction:
You can advance your career in this sector through working hard and gaining experience. In some areas, like health insurance there may be clear pathways to promotions and senior positions. In other roles, the way forward may be less clear cut and you will need to take the initiative yourself.
In whatever capacity you support the wellbeing industry, you can get ahead in your career by: