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CAREER COMPARISION FORMAL REPORT

Tyrone Moore

No letter of transmittal? TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION................................................................................................3 LANDSCAPING CAREER…………………………………………………..4-6
Education/Training
Employment/Compensation
Work Conditions

CARPENTRY…………………………………………………………………6-7
Education/Training
Employment/Compensation

CONCLUSIONS and RECOMMENDATIONS……………………………...8-9

REFERENCES……………………………………………………………….....10

INTRODUCTION

Choosing a career is a choice that one should approach with a plethora of knowledge on all options, weighing the pros and cons of each career, and ultimately choosing what is the best long term option for him/herThis is somewhat awkward.. According to U.S. News author Tim Tyrell-Smith, there are key questions that one should ask oneself when making this choice: What are your natural talents?, What’s your work style?, Where do you like to work?, Do you enjoy social interactions?, How important is work-life balance?, How do you deal with stress?, and How much money do you desire to make? (Tyrell-Smith. 2010) One should also consider the educational training needed for a particular field. The final career choice and ultimate option should be one that may even include guidance from a career counselor or school advisor. In this report, the previous questions will be explored in order to choose between a career in Landscaping or Carpentry. In this formal report, a comparison will be made between 2 careers. The career choices are Landscaping and Carpentry. These two careers have similarities as well as differences.

In preparing this comparison between Landscaping and Carpentry, statistics were compared from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Educational requirements, salary and defining characteristics of Landscaping and Carpentry were compared and analyzed from the American Nursery and Landscape Association and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.

LANDSCAPING CAREER

Landscaping can be described as the ability to create useful and attractive outdoor environments. This will be accomplished by using natural materials such as land, trees, and shrubs as well as considering climate. These materials will be used to create attractive spaces for homes, buildings, highways and parks. Landscaping is definitely a career that will flourish depending on one’s natural talent in creating beauty where there previously was none or creating a focal point that will catch a passerby’s attention. Landscapers must converse with clients, listen to clients ideas and expectations, they will draw/sketch proposed plans as well as interject his/her knowledge on all things related to the job offering professional suggestions. The ultimate goal of the Landscaper is having a completely satisfied client and self pride from the job. Those that are interested in Landscaping as a career will improve their chances in finding employment if one is properly educated/trained in the field. Education/Training

There are a couple of options when one becomes educated in the field of Landscaping. There is the option to complete 4-5 years in a college/university as well as attending a trade school that provides licensing upon completion of requirements/courses. In addition to this, those that took High School courses at schools that provide vocational training; have an added jump upon entering this field’s educational training. The classes/training in the Landscaping field can include but aren’t limited to; Mathematics, Horticulture, Social Science, Engineering, and Business. When one is considering Landscaping as a career, it is important to consider the starting salary as well as employment options.

Employment and Compensation
Most Landscapers, especially those that are employed by firms, will experience at least 2-3 years of being an apprentice before being classified...
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