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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|
|Industrial, Truck, and Tractor Operators||Kloss Company||NJ||Dec 08, 2010||$38,776|
|Landscape Tractor Operator||Growers Custom Spreading||Thermal, CA||Mar 24, 2010||$37,357|
|Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators||Bronx River Haulage, Inc.||Vernon, NY||Jan 25, 2012||$35,922|
|Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators||Connecticut Precast Corporation||Monroe, CT||Mar 20, 2014||$35,818|
|Industrial Truck and Tractor Operator||M. A. Patout & Son, Ltd.||Jeanerette, LA||Oct 01, 2015||$35,625|
|Industrial Truck and Tractor Operator||County Concrete Corp||Kenvil, NJ||May 14, 2009||$33,538|
|Industrial Truck and Tractor Operator||M.A. Patout & Son, Ltd.||LA||Oct 01, 2014||$33,204|
|Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators||Park Avenue Building and Roofing Suplies, LLC||New York, NY||Sep 14, 2009||$32,223|
|Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators||Milford Tile, Inc.||New York, NY||May 27, 2008||$32,223|
|Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators||Ernest Maier, Inc.||Bladensburg, MD||Feb 19, 2010||$27,319|
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