Horticulture Student working outside with plants

Horticulture Technician

Your career in the vast field of horticulture starts with Gateway’s Horticulture Technician program. Gain a strong background in growing all kinds of plants, sustainability, soils, dealing with pests and much more. Upon earning your Horticulture Technician technical diploma, you’ll be prepared to work in a wide range of horticulture jobs, such as grower, sales associate or technician. Or you can apply your technical diploma credits toward an associate degree in Greenhouse Operations and watch your career opportunities grow!

  • Become a horticulture professional with hands-on learning to tend plants in Gateway’s state-of-the-art Pike Creek Horticulture Center and greenhouses.
  • Learn from expert instructors with years of experience as greenhouse managers and horticulture professionals who will pass on their knowledge and expertise, so you’re well-equipped for your career path.
  • Your comprehensive classes cover a wide range of topics that go beyond just growing plants and include sales, marketing and more, so you’ll be a well-rounded technician after graduating from the program.
  • Choose your path to success: you can enter the horticulture career field right away after graduating, or apply your credits to Gateway’s Greenhouse Operations associate degree to gain more specific skills in management.
Program Credits



Elkhorn Campus, Kenosha Campus

Financial Aid Eligible


Estimated Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $4,885
Books & Supplies: $741

Start Dates


Salary Outlook


Career Opportunities: Assistant Plant Buyer, Horticulture Sales Associate, Plant Health Care Technician, Stewardship (Maintenance) Technician, Horticulture Maintenance Crew Lead

Horticulture Technician Career Pathway

Career Pathways are designed to help you reach your educational goals and explore college and career options. Pathways are made up of related certificates, diplomas and degrees that build on common skills and knowledge. You can begin at any point on the Career Pathway and customize your pathway to fit your goals. View the pathway for your area of interest.