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Golf Courses:

According to Nick Christians author of “Fundamentals of Turfgrass Management,” golf course management is the number one choice students entering a major in turfgrass management.  There were hundreds of new golf courses opened every year in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s and while new production of golf courses has declined sense then many are still being built and the outlook is still promising.(Christians) There are golf courses in every state in the United States, and in almost every nation in the world that allows for a good diversity of jobs available in different climate regions. The official association is the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and has more then 21,000 members.(Zuk) Their headquarters is located in Lawrence, Kansas, and can be found at




Sports Fields:

Sports field groundskeeper is quickly becoming one of the most popular career choices of turfgrass management students. Its lower popularity compared to golf course groundskeepers is due to the in style use of artificial turf in the 60’s and 70’s. (Christians) According to Christians the conversion back to natural turf in the 1990’s and 2000’s has been a factor for its rising popularity. The Sports Turf Managers Association is the official group for sports field groundskeepers, and can be found at


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Residential and Commercial Lawn Care:

Of the Three listed lawn care is the least popular career choice for turfgrass management students. That is not to say that there is a smaller market for lawn care, and in the United States homeowners spend over $6 billion per year on lawn care.(Zuk) Due to the billions of dollars spent every year on lawn care, job opportunities are plentiful in all 50 states.  According to Nick Christians, lawn care careers offer competitive salaries, and have excellent openings for advancement in bigger companies.