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Working As A Farm Assistant

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $35,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Farm Assistant Do

Agricultural workers maintain the quality of farms, crops, and livestock by operating machinery and doing physical labor under the supervision of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers.

Duties

Agricultural workers typically do the following:

  • Harvest and inspect crops by hand
  • Irrigate farm soil and maintain ditches or pipes and pumps
  • Operate and service farm machinery and tools
  • Spray fertilizer or pesticide solutions to control insects, fungi, and weeds
  • Move shrubs, plants, and trees with wheelbarrows or tractors
  • Feed livestock and clean and disinfect their pens, cages, yards, and hutches
  • Examine animals to detect symptoms of illnesses or injuries
  • Use brands, tags, or tattoos to mark livestock in order to identify ownership and grade
  • Herd livestock to pastures for grazing or to scales, trucks, or other enclosures
  • Administer vaccines to protect animals from diseases

The following are examples of types of agricultural workers:

Crop, nursery, and greenhouse farmworkers and laborers perform numerous tasks related to growing and harvesting grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other crops. They plant, seed, prune, irrigate, and harvest crops, and pack and load them for shipment.

Farmworkers also apply pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers to crops. They repair fences and some farm equipment.

Nursery and greenhouse workers prepare land or greenhouse beds for growing horticultural products such as trees, plants, flowers, and sod. They also plant, water, prune, weed, and spray the plants. They may cut, roll, and stack sod; stake trees; tie, wrap, and pack plants to fill orders; and dig up or move field-grown shrubs and trees.

Farm and ranch animal farmworkers care for live animals, including cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, horses, poultry, finfish, shellfish, and bees. These animals usually are raised to supply meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, or honey.

These farmworkers may feed, herd, brand, weigh, and load animals. They also keep records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides.

Many workers clean and maintain animal housing areas every day. On dairy farms, animal farmworkers operate milking machines.

Agricultural equipment operators use a variety of farm equipment to plow and sow seeds, as well as maintain and harvest crops. They may use tractors, fertilizer spreaders, balers, combines, threshers, and trucks. These workers also operate machines such as conveyor belts, loading machines, separators, cleaners, and dryers. Workers may make adjustments and minor repairs to equipment.

Animal breeders use their knowledge of genetics and animal science to select and breed animals that will produce offspring with desired traits and characteristics. For example, they breed chickens that lay more eggs, pigs that produce leaner meat, and sheep with more desirable wool. Other animal breeders breed and raise cats, dogs, and other household pets.

To know which animals to breed and when to breed them, animal breeders keep detailed records. Breeders note animals’ health, size, and weight, as well as the amount and quality of the product they produce. Animal breeders also track the traits of animals’ offspring.

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How To Become A Farm Assistant

Agricultural workers typically receive on-the-job training. A high school diploma is not needed for most jobs as an agricultural worker; however, a high school diploma typically is needed for animal breeders.

Education and Training

Most agricultural workers do not need a high school diploma; however, a high school diploma typically is needed for animal breeders. Some jobs as an animal breeder may require some postsecondary education.

Agricultural workers typically receive some short-term on-the-job training. Employers instruct them on how to use simple farming tools and more complex machinery while following appropriate safety procedures. More experienced workers also are expected to perform routine maintenance on the tools they use.

Important Qualities

Dexterity. Agricultural workers need excellent hand–eye coordination to harvest crops and operate farm machinery.

Listening skills. Agricultural workers need to work well with others. Because they take instructions from farmers and other agricultural managers, effective listening is critical.

Physical stamina. Agricultural workers need to be able to perform laborious tasks repeatedly.

Physical strength. Agricultural workers must be strong enough to lift heavy objects, including tools and crops.

Mechanical skills. Agricultural workers must be able to operate complex farm machinery. They also occasionally do routine maintenance on the machinery.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Animal breeders sometimes need previous work experience interacting with livestock. Ranch workers may transition into animal breeding after they become more familiar with animals and learn how to handle them.

Advancement

Agricultural workers may advance to crew leader or other supervisory positions. The ability to speak both English and Spanish is helpful for agricultural supervisors.

Some agricultural workers aspire to become farmers, ranchers, or agricultural managers or to own their own farms and ranches. Knowledge of produce and livestock may provide an excellent background for becoming buyers or purchasing agents of farm products. Those who earn a college degree in agricultural science could become agricultural or food scientists.

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Average Length of Employment
Farm Owner Operator 10.0 years
Farm Rancher 8.5 years
Farmer 5.1 years
Farm Operator 4.5 years
Dairy Farm Worker 3.7 years
Farm Labour 3.3 years
Farm Hand 3.2 years
Farm Worker 3.0 years
Farm Assistant 3.0 years
Farm Helper 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Farm Assistant
Internship 17.8%
Volunteer 9.2%
Assistant 8.9%
Cashier 8.3%
Server 4.3%
Waitress 3.1%
Farm Hand 3.1%
Manager 2.6%
Tutor 2.1%
Top Careers After Farm Assistant
Internship 13.1%
Cashier 9.1%
Assistant 8.7%
Volunteer 7.3%
Server 5.5%
Manager 3.0%
Supervisor 2.9%
Waitress 2.9%
Owner 2.7%
Driver 2.5%
Technician 2.5%

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Top Skills for A Farm Assistant

  1. Heavy Equipment
  2. Beef Cattle
  3. Tractor-Drawn Machinery
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained and operated heavy equipment/ farm machinery.
  • Managed livestock such as beef cattle, beef and dairy show calves, swine, sheep, equine.
  • Participated in seasonal, on-demand livestock care activities, including operating heavy machinery, structural maintenance, and minor construction.
  • Maintained farm equipment and delivered solutions using limited resources.
  • Herd health care, including daily nutritional needs, assisting in training and care of livestock!

Farm Assistant Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 2,485 Farm Assistant resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Farm Assistant Demographics

Gender

Male

54.7%

Female

38.2%

Unknown

7.1%
Ethnicity

White

69.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.3%

Black or African American

10.1%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.9%

French

11.1%

German

4.4%

Japanese

3.3%

Russian

2.2%

Portuguese

2.2%

Chinese

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Mandarin

2.2%

Korean

2.2%

Italian

2.2%

Hebrew

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Yoruba

1.1%

Hmong

1.1%

Arabic

1.1%

Thai

1.1%
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Farm Assistant Education

Schools

Iowa State University

6.8%

Michigan State University

6.3%

Oregon State University

6.3%

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

5.9%

Purdue University

5.9%

Western Washington University

5.5%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.5%

North Carolina State University

5.5%

University of Kentucky

5.5%

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

5.5%

South Dakota State University

5.1%

Appalachian State University

4.6%

Clemson University

4.6%

North Dakota State University -

4.2%

Delaware Valley University

3.8%

Lansing Community College

3.8%

Kansas State University

3.8%

University of Vermont

3.8%

Northwest Missouri State University

3.8%

Oklahoma State University

3.8%
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Majors

Business

15.0%

Agricultural Business

9.9%

Environmental Science

9.3%

Animal Science

9.0%

Biology

7.8%

Agriculture

5.2%

Plant Sciences

5.1%

Criminal Justice

4.1%

Psychology

4.0%

General Studies

3.9%

Accounting

3.5%

Liberal Arts

3.2%

English

3.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.8%

Marketing

2.6%

Agricultural Production Operations

2.5%

Kinesiology

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Medical Assisting Services

2.2%

Automotive Technology

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.4%

Other

24.7%

Associate

9.4%

Masters

6.9%

Certificate

3.6%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.4%
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