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Career Opportunities in Turfgrass Management

With over 15,000 golf courses and hundreds of thousands athletic field complexes in the U.s., the need for trained professionals is rapidly growing. The average starting salaries for turfgrass managers range from $25,000 to $45,000. In 2005, the average U.S. golf course superintendent made $56,766. The top 10% make over %100,000.

Career examples:

  • Golf Course Superintendent

  • Athletic Field Manager

  • Recreational Grounds Manager

  • Lawn Care Operator

  • Landscape Maintenance

  • Manufacturing Representative

  • Sales Representative

  • Professional-Service Contractor

  • Technical Writer

  • Scientist/Educator

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For more information, contact:

Dr. Ryan Goss, Director
P.O. Box 30003, MSC 3Q
Plant & Environmental Sciences
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8003
Phone: (575) 646-3297
Email: ryangoss@nmsu.edu
URL: http://turf.nmsu.edu