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Career opportunities

  • Golf course superintendent
  • Golf course assistant superintendent
  • Athletic field manager
  • Grounds director
  • Lawn care company foreman
  • Sales representative for an equipment fertilizer, chemical, seed, sod or spray company

Many career opportunities are seasonal, especially in the Midwest.

During the spring and summer, between your first and second year, you will complete a paid, six-week internship at a turf maintenance facility of your choice. An internship is your first opportunity to build references along with your first hands-on experience in the industry. Most internships lead to other full-time career opportunities after graduation. Students interview with local, state and regional employers at Kirkwood's annual on-campus job fair, held each February.

Transfer opportunities
Kirkwood graduates with associate's degrees in Golf Course and Athletic Turfgrass Management have many different transfer opportunities. Students can transfer to Iowa State University for a bachelor's degree in Horticulture or pursue Upper Iowa University's Applied Plant Science degree. A four-year degree will broaden your knowledge and career opportunities. If students are interested in continuing their education, they should work closely with their academic advisor for an easy academic transition.