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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LawnsByJon, Feb 6, 2005.

  1. LawnsByJon

    LawnsByJon LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    Even though I'm still only a sophomore in high school, my counselor is recomending that I start looking at my possible career choices, and what I would need to do to secure a good job in those different businesses.

    I was wondering what degrees or majors you guys had in college?

    Anyone start out wanting to be something else, and change into landscaping?
  2. Eddie B

    Eddie B LawnSite Senior Member
    from gone
    Posts: 859

    I took up computer network administration. I now work at Radio Shack full time and switch to part time when the grass grows. I do grass and general landscape.
  3. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,648

    Started out in the engineering school at UNH then switched to the School of life Sciences and Agriculture. I aquired a Bachelors degree in Plant Biology and a Minor in Agribusiness Finance.
  4. MImowerkid

    MImowerkid LawnSite Member
    Posts: 197

    I am also a sophmore in high school and I will most likely be going to Michigan state for a turf managment degree . their are alot of options including buisness degrees , landscsape design , the possabilties are pretty much endless good luck in your search!
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Bachelor of Science in Economics
    Bachelor of Science in Marketing
    Masters of Business Administration in Industrial Relations

    How I found the Green Industry I will never know...actually I do, but it's a secret.
  6. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,889

    excellent turf school, great choice and good luck to you.
    Ive worked under 2 golf course supers that went to state. very well educated.

    be sure to throw in a business class & record keeping.
  7. mike payne

    mike payne LawnSite Member
    Posts: 75

    Bachelor of Science in Economics Masters of Science in Economics
  8. LawnMowerBoy48

    LawnMowerBoy48 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 136

    I'm in Stockbridge School of Agriculture in the landscape contracting major.
  9. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 1,383

    I am a certified auto mechanic and a commercial pilot.

    I would recommend deciding what you want to do and then go from there. Do you want to be a business man who happens to be in the green industry or do you want to be a green industry professional and may own your own business. There is a big difference.

    If you love landscaping and such things and don't want to do any other type of job, then get a degree that specializes in that. You then have the option to either work for a company or you could be self employed.

    If your primary goal is to run a business, then go for the business degree. It doesn't matter if you don't know everything. That is what books are for and you can also hire an employee that knows the specialized things.

    Try to work things out backwards. As yourself where you want to end up. What is the best way to get there? Once you have this figured out, all of your other decisions will be a lot easier.
  10. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Good advice, I liked that...wish I had thought of that 30 years ago.

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