Farm operators use strong management skills to run complex agricultural businesses, including overseeing tasks ranging from planting corn to birthing calves. They manage all parts of crop production, including using market conditions, disease, and soil to decide how to raise crops.
When you work as a farm operator, it's your job to oversee the daily activities of a single farm, multiple farms, or other types of agricultural operation. With large farms, you aren't likely to spend time performing the hands-on tasks of farming. Instead, you manage the business aspects of running a farm.
On small or independent farms, you may perform all of the tasks noted and work in the fields or with the livestock. This requires long hours on crop-based farms, particularly during planting and harvesting times.
Typically, farm operators earn a median annual salary of $67,950 as of 2018; this figure also includes data for the ranch and other agricultural operators.