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Working As A Field Worker

  • 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

  • $24,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Field Worker 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 Field Worker

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 Worker 3.0 years
Oil Field Worker 2.3 years
Generator Worker 2.2 years
Agriculture Worker 2.1 years
Labour Worker 1.9 years
Field Hand 1.7 years
Greenhouse Worker 1.5 years
Field Worker 1.0 years
Top Careers Before Field Worker
Cashier 17.0%
Volunteer 9.0%
Internship 6.7%
Assistant 4.3%
Server 4.2%
Waitress 3.6%
Cook 3.6%
Tutor 2.9%
Supervisor 2.3%
Top Careers After Field Worker
Cashier 14.7%
Internship 11.6%
Volunteer 6.7%
Server 4.0%
Assistant 3.6%
Cook 3.3%
Manager 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$24,000
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$16,000
Min 10%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Salinas, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.5 years
How much does a Field Worker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Field Worker in the United States is $24,850 per year or $12 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $16,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $37,000.

Real Field Worker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Field Worker Waikele Farms, Inc. Kula, HI Mar 09, 2015 $27,089
Field Worker Waikele Farms, Inc. Kula, HI Feb 25, 2016 $27,089
Field Workers T and L Nursery, Inc. Redmond, WA Jan 03, 2016 $26,484
Field Workers (Iceberg Lettuce) Zion Harvest Inc. Salinas, CA Apr 04, 2016 $26,088
Field Worker Trout Lake Farm Trout Lake, WA Apr 20, 2015 $25,921
Field & Packing Shed Worker Washington Farm Labor Association Carnation, WA May 01, 2015 $25,921
Field Workers T&L Nursery, Inc. Redmond, WA Jan 02, 2016 $25,921
Field & Packing Shed Worker Griffin Creek Farm LLC Carnation, WA May 01, 2015 $25,921
Evergreen Field Worker Central Wisconsin Evergreens, Inc. Merrill, WI Nov 04, 2016 $25,086
Field Worker Supervisor Bushmans' Inc. Plover, WI Nov 06, 2016 $25,086
Field Workers: Berries Machine and Ground Harvest Fresh Harvest, Inc. Oxnard, CA Mar 14, 2016 $24,814
Field Workers (Stackers-Strawberry Boxes) Elkhorn Packing Co. LLC Nipomo, CA Mar 20, 2016 $24,814
Temporary Agricultural Field Worker New Hope Harvesting, LLC Santa Maria, CA Jan 04, 2016 $24,814
Field Worker (Celery Harvest) Elkhorn Packing Co. LLC Oxnard, CA Jul 03, 2016 $24,814
Field Worker Taft Farms, Inc. Great Barrington, MA Mar 13, 2015 $24,336
Organic Fresh Market Produce Field Worker Kretschmann Farm Rochester, PA Mar 15, 2016 $24,334
Evergreen Field Worker Central Wisconsin Evergreens, Inc. Merrill, WI Apr 13, 2015 $24,126
Field Worker Mountain Fresh LLC Delta, CO May 11, 2015 $23,729
Field Worker Palizzi & Son, Inc. Brighton, CO Apr 01, 2015 $23,729
Agricultural Field Worker (Wine Grapes) Hirsch Vineyards, LLC Cazadero, CA May 01, 2015 $23,646
Agricultural Field Worker Savino Farms Inc. Santa Maria, CA Feb 13, 2015 $23,646
Field Crop Worker (Northern Ranches) Sierra Cascade Nursery Inc. Tulelake, CA Mar 12, 2015 $23,646
Field Worker Four Seasons Tree Farm, LLC Willis, TX Mar 28, 2016 $23,270
Field Workers JFT Harvesting, Inc. Boynton Beach, FL Nov 14, 2016 $22,331
Field Workers Charles Guidry Farms Aug 24, 2016 $22,310
Field Workers Daniel Naquin Farms, Jr. Thibodaux, LA Jan 08, 2016 $22,310
Field Workers Monte Vallot's Farms Abbeville, LA Jan 08, 2016 $22,310
Field Workers Hebert Bros. Farms, Inc. Thibodaux, LA Jan 08, 2016 $22,310
Field Workers Keith Dugas Farms, Inc. Belle Rose, LA Jan 08, 2016 $22,310

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Top Skills for A Field Worker

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Customer Service
  3. Fruit Trees
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Enforced safety procedures in accordance with facility policies and regulations.
  • Performed customer service and cashier responsibilities daily, including handling of customer disputes.
  • Thinned, hoed, weeded and pruned row crops, fruit trees and vines, using hand implements.
  • Assembled hoisting equipment and rigging, such as cables, pulleys, and hooks, to move heavy equipment and materials.
  • Lay out and connect electrical wiring between controls and equipment, according to wiring diagrams, using electrician's hand tools.

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Top 10 Best States for Field Workers

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  2. Michigan
  3. New Jersey
  4. Illinois
  5. Connecticut
  6. Hawaii
  7. Texas
  8. Minnesota
  9. Nevada
  10. New York
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Field Worker 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 4,788 Field Worker 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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Field Worker Demographics

Gender

Male

56.5%

Female

33.3%

Unknown

10.2%
Ethnicity

White

55.8%

Hispanic or Latino

26.1%

Black or African American

8.9%

Asian

5.6%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

74.6%

French

6.6%

German

3.5%

Portuguese

2.0%

Mandarin

2.0%

Chinese

1.6%

Korean

1.6%

Italian

1.6%

Russian

1.6%

Japanese

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Swahili

0.4%

Hawaiian

0.4%

Yoruba

0.4%

Greek

0.4%

Carrier

0.4%

Polish

0.4%

Kinyarwanda

0.4%

Arabic

0.4%

Hmong

0.4%
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Field Worker Education

Schools

Bakersfield College

10.5%

University of Phoenix

6.2%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

5.8%

Reedley College

5.8%

California State University - Fresno

5.4%

Michigan State University

5.1%

The Academy

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

Porterville College

4.7%

Iowa State University

4.7%

Fresno City College

4.3%

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

4.3%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

College of the Sequoias

4.3%

State University of New York Stony Brook

4.3%

Imperial Valley College

4.3%

Northern Illinois University

4.3%

San Joaquin Valley College

4.3%

Grand Valley State University

3.9%

Illinois State University

3.9%
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Majors

Business

17.0%

Criminal Justice

9.2%

Psychology

8.1%

Biology

6.4%

General Studies

5.4%

Environmental Science

4.6%

Education

4.4%

Accounting

4.0%

Social Work

3.7%

Medical Assisting Services

3.7%

Kinesiology

3.6%

Nursing

3.6%

Liberal Arts

3.6%

Automotive Technology

3.5%

Occupational Therapy

3.5%

Geology

3.3%

Computer Science

3.3%

Political Science

3.3%

Elementary Education

2.9%

Finance

2.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.8%

Other

30.8%

Associate

11.8%

Masters

9.5%

Certificate

4.4%

Diploma

2.4%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.3%
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