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Working As A Groom

  • 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

  • $30,840

    Average Salary

What Does A Groom 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 Groom

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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Groom Demographics

Gender

Female

79.7%

Male

19.4%

Unknown

0.9%
Ethnicity

White

80.8%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Asian

5.3%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.3%

German

10.7%

French

5.4%

Italian

5.4%

Japanese

3.6%

Portuguese

1.8%

Khmer

1.8%

Serbian

1.8%

Carrier

1.8%

Russian

1.8%

Polish

1.8%
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Groom Education

Schools

University of Kentucky

11.5%

University of Phoenix

9.2%

Kaplan University

6.9%

The Academy

6.2%

Bluegrass Community and Technical College

5.4%

University of Pennsylvania

5.4%

Greenville Technical College

5.4%

University of New Hampshire

4.6%

Bakersfield College

4.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.6%

Michigan State University

3.8%

El Paso Community College

3.8%

Ashford University

3.8%

Brigham Young University - Idaho

3.8%

College of DuPage

3.8%

Remington College

3.8%

Ashworth College

3.8%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

3.1%

University of Rhode Island

3.1%

Pima Community College

3.1%
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Majors

Business

14.5%

Medical Assisting Services

14.5%

Animal Science

7.6%

Nursing

6.7%

Biology

6.6%

Psychology

6.3%

General Studies

4.7%

Criminal Justice

4.7%

Agricultural Production Operations

4.3%

Health Care Administration

3.7%

Liberal Arts

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

Cosmetology

3.0%

Graphic Design

2.8%

Medical Technician

2.8%

Management

2.6%

Veterinary Science

2.3%

Communication

2.3%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.2%

Education

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

42.0%

Bachelors

26.2%

Associate

17.2%

Certificate

7.1%

Masters

3.1%

Diploma

2.7%

License

1.2%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Real Groom Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Groom Got To Fly Farm Escondido, CA Feb 01, 2016 $29,301
Groom Johansson Stable LLC Allentown, NJ Dec 18, 2015 $28,642
Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom Rafael Becerra/Rafael Becerra Racing Stable Arcadia, CA Nov 12, 2015 $27,715
TB Racehorse Groom Jorge Gutierrez/Jorge Gutierrez Racing Arcadia, CA Nov 01, 2016 $27,715
TB Racehorse Groom Jorge Gutierrez/Jorge Gutierrez Racing Arcadia, CA Dec 08, 2016 $27,715
Groom Crevani Farms Montgomery, NY Nov 03, 2016 $26,874
Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom Steve Specht/Steve Specht Racing Stables Berkeley, CA Sep 29, 2016 $26,083
Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom Jeff Bonde/Jeff Bonde Racing Stables Pleasanton, CA Nov 22, 2016 $26,083
Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom Gerald 'Jerry' Hollendorfer Jerry Hollendorfer Racing Stables Berkeley, CA Dec 30, 2016 $26,083
Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom Jeff Bonde/Jeff Bonde Racing Stables Pleasanton, CA Jul 20, 2016 $26,083
Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom Steve Specht/Steve Specht Racing Stables Berkeley, CA Oct 11, 2016 $26,083
Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom Jeff Bonde/Jeff Bonde Racing Stables Pleasanton, CA Dec 08, 2016 $26,083
Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom Robert B. Hess Berkeley, CA Aug 15, 2016 $26,083
Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom Jeff Bonde/Jeff Bonde Racing Stable Pleasanton, CA Aug 23, 2016 $26,083
Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom Sola Dei Gloria Stable Laurel, MD Apr 29, 2016 $25,086
Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom Jamie Ness Racing Laurel, MD May 23, 2016 $25,086
Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom TEH Racing Stables LLC Tampa, FL Dec 01, 2015 $25,002
Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom Rhone Racing Tampa, FL Dec 01, 2015 $25,002
Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom Bernell Rhone Racing Tampa, FL Dec 01, 2016 $24,961
Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom Delacour Stable, LLC Tampa, FL Dec 01, 2016 $24,961
Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom Jamie Ness Racing Tampa, FL Dec 01, 2016 $24,961
Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom Victor Garcia/Victor Garcia Racing Stable Arcadia, CA Dec 30, 2016 $24,877
Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom McLean Robertson Racing Hot Springs, AR Jan 05, 2016 $23,541
Groom Brian Lynch Racing, Inc. Hallandale Beach, FL Feb 15, 2016 $23,437
Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom Romans Racing Stables, Inc. Hallandale Beach, FL Jan 01, 2016 $23,437
Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom Romans Racing Stables, Inc. Hallandale Beach, FL Jan 27, 2016 $23,437
Groom Jet Show Stable Fort Lauderdale, FL Feb 01, 2015 $23,437
Groom Katie Rich Farm Midway, KY Feb 01, 2015 $23,291
Grooms McCann Racing Stables, LLC Versailles, KY Feb 01, 2015 $23,291
Sales and Off-Site Breeding Groom Threave Main Stud KY Feb 01, 2015 $23,291

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Top Skills for A Groom

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Top Groom Skills

  1. Bathe Dogs
  2. Bather/Groomer
  3. Salon
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Bathe dogs in preparation for grooming.
  • Ensured the safety of pets in the grooming salon in all procedures.
  • Coordinate appointment scheduling for multiple individuals.
  • Clipped, bathed, brushed, dried, cut toe nails, clean ears of pets.
  • Answered phone calls and inquiries from clients and employees Greeted guests and clients Assisted clients with thorough and accurate completion of paperwork

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