Farmers and Farm Managers
Farmers and farm managers raise crops and livestock for market.
Farms vary greatly in size from small family operations to those with 100 or more full-time and seasonal workers. Owners of very large farms may hire farm managers to supervise all staff or focus on a single activity, such as harvesting.
$38.29 per hour on average
The outlook is
Education & Training
Bachelor's or higher degree plus work experience is common.
Related Programs (Current training programs available)
On the Job
Decide the kind and amount of crops or livestock to be raised. Use information about market, weather, and farm size to make decisions.
Select and purchase supplies and equipment, such as tractors, seed, or fertilizer.
Set up and operate farm machines for planting, maintaining, or harvesting crops.
Breed and raise stock such as honeybees, fish, or poultry. Recycle unused products created by stock.
Plan and manage planting and harvesting of crops. Recycle crop waste after the harvest.
Collect data on the growing environment, such as by testing soil. Apply the information to use less water in irrigating the crops.
Identify and use new ways to grow, harvest, or sell products. This includes using chemical free methods to control weeds and pests.
Package and transport crops.
Arrange with buyers for sale and shipment of products.
Inspect and maintain equipment.
Assemble or install farm structures or equipment.
Hire, train, and direct farm workers.
Negotiate with bankers to obtain credit.
Maintain financial and production records.
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