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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.
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Hispanic or Latino11.9%
Black or African American0.5%
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University of Kentucky11.5%
University of Phoenix9.2%
Bluegrass Community and Technical College5.4%
University of Pennsylvania5.4%
Greenville Technical College5.4%
University of New Hampshire4.6%
Northern Virginia Community College4.6%
Michigan State University3.8%
El Paso Community College3.8%
Brigham Young University - Idaho3.8%
College of DuPage3.8%
Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater3.1%
University of Rhode Island3.1%
Pima Community College3.1%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Head Groom||Meadowview Farm||NY||Feb 01, 2015||$31,305|
|Head Groom||Meadowview Farm||Southampton, NY||Feb 11, 2015||$30,000|
|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||Gerald 'Jerry' Hollendorfer Jerry Hollendorfer Racing Stables||Berkeley, CA||Dec 30, 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||Jul 20, 2016||$26,083|
|Thoroughbred Racehorse Groom||Jeff Bonde/Jeff Bonde Racing Stables||Pleasanton, CA||Nov 22, 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||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||Benchmark Farm, LLC||Lexington, KY||Apr 01, 2015||$23,291|
|Grooms||McCann Racing Stables, LLC||Versailles, KY||Feb 01, 2015||$23,291|
|Groom||Tom Bergin Stables||Lexington, KY||Feb 01, 2015||$23,291|
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