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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Head Groom||Meadowview Farm||NY||Mar 01, 2014||$86,089|
|Head Groom||Meadowview Farm||NY||Apr 16, 2014||$86,089|
|Groom (Horses)||Coral Reef Management LLC||CA||Apr 17, 2014||$52,175|
|Head Groom||Monomoy Farm LLC||North Salem, NY||Jul 15, 2011||$46,649|
|Head Groom||Monomoy Farm LLC||North Salem, NY||Mar 09, 2011||$46,649|
|Head Groom||Monomoy Farm LLC||North Salem, NY||Jun 03, 2010||$31,305 -
|Head Groom||Meadowview Farm||NY||Jun 04, 2014||$31,305|
|Head Groom||Meadowview Farm||NY||Feb 01, 2015||$31,305|
|Head Groom||Meadowview Farm||Southampton, NY||Feb 11, 2015||$30,000|
|Groom||White Birch Farm, Inc.||Allentown, NJ||Mar 04, 2010||$29,260|
|Groom||White Birch Farm, Inc.||Allentown, NJ||Mar 05, 2010||$29,260|
|Groom||Benchmark Farm, Inc.||NY||Feb 01, 2014||$29,030|
|Head Stallion Groom||Bemak, N.V. Ltd||Versailles, KY||Oct 01, 2010||$26,000|
|Groom||Got To Fly Farm||Escondido, CA||Feb 04, 2015||$25,357|
|Groom||Potluck's Place LLC||Encinitas, CA||Jan 10, 2015||$25,357|
|Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom||Timothy A. Hills, Inc.||Oceanport, NJ||Jan 01, 1970||$25,232|
|Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom||Nick of Time Stable||Oceanport, NJ||Jan 01, 1970||$25,232|
|Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom||JJ Toner Racing Stable||Elmont, NY||Jan 01, 1970||$25,232|
|Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom||Jamie Ness Racing||Laurel, MD||Jan 01, 1970||$25,086|
|Groom||Jet Show Stable||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Feb 01, 2015||$23,437|
|Groom||Colebrook Racing, LLC||Lexington, KY||Feb 01, 2015||$23,291|
|Groom||Katie Rich Farm||Midway, KY||Feb 01, 2015||$23,291|
|Groom||Cove Springs, LLC||Versailles, KY||Feb 01, 2015||$23,291|
|Groom||Benchmark Farm, LLC||KY||Feb 01, 2015||$23,291|
|Groom||Tom Bergin Stables||Lexington, KY||Feb 01, 2015||$23,291|
|Sales and Off-Site Breeding Groom||Threave Main Stud||KY||Feb 01, 2015||$23,291|
|Grooms||McCann Racing Stables, LLC||Versailles, KY||Feb 01, 2015||$23,291|
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