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Working As a Farm Labour

  • 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

  • $23,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Farm Labour 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 Labour

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 Rancher 8.5 years
Farmer 5.1 years
Farm Operator 4.5 years
Farm Hand 3.2 years
Farm Worker 3.0 years
Farm Labour 3.0 years
Farm Assistant 2.8 years
Farm Helper 2.7 years
Ranch Hand 2.7 years
Agriculture Labour 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Farm Labour
Cashier 15.1%
Internship 8.9%
Volunteer 5.1%
Welder 4.9%
Farm Hand 4.8%
Cook 4.4%
Assistant 3.8%
Supervisor 3.7%
Manager 3.1%
Technician 2.9%
Waitress 2.9%
Mechanic 2.8%
Top Careers After Farm Labour
Cashier 12.7%
Internship 6.6%
Welder 5.6%
Technician 4.1%
Farm Hand 3.9%
Driver 3.9%
Volunteer 3.8%
Operator 3.5%
Cook 3.3%
Supervisor 3.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$23,000
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$17,000
Min 10%
$23,000
Median 50%
$23,000
Median 50%
$23,000
Median 50%
$23,000
Median 50%
$23,000
Median 50%
$23,000
Median 50%
$23,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
PacifiCorp
Highest Paying City
Yakima, WA
Highest Paying State
Iowa
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Farm Labour make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Farm Labour in the United States is $23,437 per year or $11 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $17,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $31,000.

Real Farm Labour Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Farm Laborer Hemlock Hill Farm Colts Neck, NJ Jan 04, 2016 $32,365
Homa Farm Laborer Baltimore Homa Community Westminster, MD Apr 11, 2016 $30,909
Farm Labor Larry Doll Farm New Salem, ND Feb 01, 2015 $29,218
Farm Labor Thunder Ranch & Chopping ND Apr 18, 2015 $29,218
Farm Laborer Chase Dewitz Farms Steele, ND Mar 24, 2015 $29,218
Farm Laborer Bliss Farms Partnership Conrad, MT Mar 20, 2015 $29,218
Farm Labor Lance Doll Farm New Salem, ND Feb 01, 2015 $29,218
Farm Laborer Bliss Farms Partnership Conrad, MT Jan 03, 2016 $29,218
Farm Labor Larry Doll Farm New Salem, ND Jan 02, 2016 $29,218
Farm Labor Lance Doll Farm New Salem, ND Jan 02, 2016 $29,218
Farm Labor Thunder Ranch and Chopping ND Aug 04, 2016 $29,218
Farm Laborer Chase Dewitz Farms Steele, ND Jan 04, 2016 $29,218
General Farm Laborer Dennis Lee Haugen Hannaford, ND Jan 03, 2016 $28,801
Farm Laborer Signet Builders, Inc. Arnold, NE May 15, 2016 $28,801
Farm Laborer Signet Builders, Inc. Browning, IL Apr 20, 2016 $25,190
Farm Laborer Ag Installers, Inc. North Vernon, IN Oct 06, 2016 $25,190
Farm Laborer Ag Installers, Inc. North Vernon, IN Jul 25, 2016 $25,190
Farm Laborer Ag Installers, Inc. Frankfort, IN May 29, 2016 $25,190
Farm Laborer Stachowski Alpacas LLC Mantua, OH Apr 04, 2016 $25,190
Farm Laborer Ozark Fisheries Martinsville, IN Jan 04, 2016 $25,190
Farm Labor Lord's Seed LLC Howe, IN Sep 04, 2016 $25,190
Farm Worekr/Laborer Workman Farms, Inc. Hazel, KY Jun 25, 2016 $22,644
Farm Laborer Gritt's Farm Buffalo, WV Apr 17, 2016 $22,644
Greenhouse/Farm Laborer Sandy Fields Flower Farm, Inc. Charles City, VA Jan 03, 2016 $22,373
Farm Laborer RH Harvesting, LLC Clewiston, FL Jul 09, 2016 $22,331
Farm Labor Luke and Kayla Sayes Farms LA Dec 03, 2016 $22,310
Farm Labor Brown Farms of Montana Wolf Point, MT Feb 01, 2015 $22,310
General Farm Laborer Gregory Paul Dore Rayne, LA Dec 27, 2016 $22,310
Farm Labor Cason Timber and Cattle Company Coushatta, LA Feb 22, 2016 $22,310

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Top Skills for A Farm Labour

  1. Tractor Trailers
  2. Farm Equipment
  3. Beef Cattle
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operate forklifts, dump trucks, tractor trailers, lift beams with swivel hooks, and hoists.
  • Operated farm machinery; repaired and maintained farm equipment and facilities Milked dairy cows
  • Maintain proper milking procedure and animal husbandry to ensure maximum performance and profit from dairy and beef cattle.
  • Farm property general maintenance, machine operation, livestock care
  • Farm run heavy equipment bulldozer excavator.

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Top 10 Best States for Farm Labours

  1. Iowa
  2. Alaska
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Nebraska
  5. Louisiana
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Maine
  8. North Dakota
  9. Wyoming
  10. Wisconsin
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Farm Labour 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 5,133 Farm Labour 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 Labour Demographics

Gender

Male

74.2%

Female

19.3%

Unknown

6.4%
Ethnicity

White

67.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

8.5%

Asian

5.4%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

82.7%

Portuguese

2.9%

German

2.9%

French

2.2%

Carrier

1.4%

Dakota

1.4%

Swedish

0.7%

Chinese

0.7%

Hawaiian

0.7%

Ilocano

0.7%

Russian

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%

Thai

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Wolof

0.7%
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Farm Labour Education

Schools

Iowa State University

8.4%

South Dakota State University

7.6%

Utah State University

6.5%

Bakersfield College

6.5%

San Joaquin Valley College

5.5%

Fresno City College

4.7%

Murray State University

4.7%

Kansas State University

4.7%

The Academy

4.7%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.7%

Brigham Young University - Idaho

4.7%

North Dakota State University -

4.7%

College of the Sequoias

4.4%

University of Idaho

4.4%

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

4.0%

Brigham Young University

4.0%

Vincennes University

4.0%

Oklahoma State University

4.0%

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

4.0%

Fox Valley Technical College

3.6%
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Majors

Business

15.5%

Agricultural Business

7.7%

Automotive Technology

7.4%

General Studies

7.2%

Criminal Justice

6.2%

Precision Metal Working

6.0%

Biology

5.1%

Animal Science

5.0%

Plant Sciences

4.7%

Psychology

4.3%

Agriculture

4.1%

Environmental Science

3.8%

Accounting

3.3%

Nursing

3.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.9%

Education

2.9%

Industrial Technology

2.8%

Kinesiology

2.7%

Mechanical Engineering

2.7%

Liberal Arts

2.6%
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Degrees

Other

36.5%

Bachelors

35.2%

Associate

14.2%

Certificate

7.3%

Masters

3.2%

Diploma

2.5%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.6%
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