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Working As A Poultry Husbandry Worker

  • Getting Information
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • $20,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Poultry Husbandry 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 Poultry Husbandry 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 Yearly Salary
$20,000
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$17,000
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Best Paying Company
House of Raeford Farms
Highest Paying City
Millsboro, DE
Highest Paying State
Rhode Island
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does a Poultry Husbandry Worker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Poultry Husbandry Worker in the United States is $20,774 per year or $10 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $17,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $24,000.

Real Poultry Husbandry Worker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Poultry Worker Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc. Millsboro, DE Jan 09, 2016 $23,582
Poultry Worker Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc. Millsboro, DE Dec 12, 2016 $23,582
Poultry Worker Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc. Millsboro, DE Oct 08, 2016 $23,582
Poultry Worker Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc. Millsboro, DE Nov 08, 2016 $23,582
Poultry Worker Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc. Millsboro, DE Dec 08, 2016 $23,582
Poultry Worker Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc. Millsboro, DE Aug 16, 2016 $23,582
Poultry Worker Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc. Millsboro, DE Aug 19, 2016 $23,582
Poultry Worker Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc. Millsboro, DE Aug 25, 2016 $23,582
Poultry Worker Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc. Millsboro, DE Aug 31, 2016 $23,582

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Top Skills for A Poultry Husbandry Worker

  1. Live Chickens
  2. Debone
  3. Assembly Line
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed many duties in a fast paced poultry processing plant.....working in a breast debone department
  • Separated meat as it came down the assembly line.
  • Inspect meat products for defects, bruises or blemishes and remove them along with any excess fat.
  • Cleaned, trimmed, sliced, and sectioned carcasses for future processing.
  • Operate or tend equipment to control chemical changes or reactions in the processing of industrial or consumer products.

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  2. Rhode Island
  3. Connecticut
  4. Maine
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Minnesota
  7. Oregon
  8. Nevada
  9. Alaska
  10. New Hampshire
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Poultry Husbandry Worker Demographics

Gender

Female

40.5%

Male

39.8%

Unknown

19.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.2%

Black or African American

21.6%

Hispanic or Latino

9.3%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

2.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

German

16.7%

Chinese

16.7%

Poultry Husbandry Worker Education

Schools

Wor-Wic Community College

7.9%

Tulsa Welding School

7.9%

Albany Technical College

7.9%

Jones County Junior College

7.9%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

7.9%

Eastern Shore Community College

5.3%

Alcorn State University

5.3%

University of Southern Mississippi

5.3%

Louisiana Tech University

5.3%

Snead State Community College

5.3%

Athens Technical College

5.3%

American InterContinental University

5.3%

Malone University

5.3%

Arkansas Baptist College

2.6%

East Mississippi Community College

2.6%

Jefferson Community and Technical College

2.6%

Copiah-Lincoln Community College

2.6%

Antonelli College - Hattiesburg

2.6%

George C Wallace Community College - Dothan

2.6%

Vance-Granville Community College

2.6%
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Majors

Nursing

11.1%

Business

9.7%

General Studies

9.7%

Precision Metal Working

8.3%

Health Care Administration

8.3%

Management

6.9%

Criminal Justice

6.9%

Computer Science

4.2%

Information Technology

4.2%

Education

4.2%

Psychology

2.8%

Medical Technician

2.8%

Biblical Studies

2.8%

Computer Technical Support

2.8%

Medical Assisting Services

2.8%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

2.8%

Zoology

2.8%

Accounting

2.8%

English

2.8%

Alternative And Complementary Medicine And Medical Systems

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

38.3%

Associate

20.2%

Bachelors

19.1%

Certificate

12.8%

Diploma

6.4%

Masters

3.2%
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