Turf Management as a Career
The thriving turf management industry offers management opportunities ranging from sod production to the establishment and maintenance of private and public grounds. Turfgrass managers are supervisors for golf courses, ski resorts, sports fields, and for park departments. Excellent employment opportunities are available in the areas of lawn care and landscape management. Other employment opportunities include the management of industrial and institutional grounds, highway reclamation, and erosion control. Graduates completing the turf management concentration command some of the highest salaries in professional agriculture. Studies in this concentration focus on the production and maintenance of ornamental and functional turfgrass areas. Turf-oriented courses are supplemented by classes in nursery and landscape management, plant and soil sciences, business management, irrigation design, and pest management (entomology, plant pathology, weed science). For a detailed description of the turfgrass concentraton curriculum, please refer to our course checksheet.
- Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) – Requires membership to access internship and employment resources
- Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – Internships and jobs in the sports turf management profession
- TurfNet –Excellent resource for internships and jobs in all areas of turf management. Access to employment information is free