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Working As A Trailer

  • $28,228

    Average Salary

What Does A Trailer 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 Trailer

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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Trailer Demographics

Gender

Male

84.8%

Female

14.3%

Unknown

0.9%
Ethnicity

White

80.9%

Hispanic or Latino

12.0%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

0.9%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

80.0%

French

13.3%

Dutch

6.7%

Trailer Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

16.9%

Wayne State College

10.8%

Northeast Community College

8.4%

College of Southern Idaho

6.0%

University of Northwestern Ohio

6.0%

University of Phoenix

6.0%

Kilgore College

4.8%

Lincoln College of Technology - Indianapolis

4.8%

Citrus College

3.6%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

3.6%

Kirkwood Community College

3.6%

Laredo Community College

3.6%

Milwaukee Area Technical College

3.6%

Ashford University

3.6%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

2.4%

Dakota County Technical College

2.4%

Baton Rouge Community College

2.4%

Richland Community College

2.4%

Moraine Valley Community College

2.4%

Savannah College of Art and Design

2.4%
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Majors

Automotive Technology

21.1%

Business

11.5%

Precision Metal Working

8.0%

Criminal Justice

7.7%

Photography

5.7%

General Studies

5.4%

Education

5.4%

Communication

4.6%

Industrial Technology

3.4%

Electrical Engineering

3.4%

Computer Science

3.1%

Management

2.7%

Health Care Administration

2.7%

Graphic Design

2.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.7%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Drafting And Design

1.9%

Information Technology

1.9%

History

1.9%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

43.8%

Bachelors

22.3%

Associate

14.9%

Certificate

10.9%

Diploma

5.0%

Masters

1.9%

License

1.2%
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Top Skills for A Trailer

BottomRailsSafetyInspectionsSemiSalesFloorYardDeliveryMIGABSSystemsWheelSealsHydraulicHandToolsReeferUnitsCustomerServiceElectricalSystemsPerformPreventiveMaintenanceRVPalletJacksPrepTroubleshootDOTServiceCalls

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Top Trailer Skills

  1. Bottom Rails
  2. Safety Inspections
  3. Semi
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform safety inspections of equipment and prepare safety documentation.
  • Preformed preventative maintenance on semi trailers.
  • Greeted customers on sales floor and ascertained make, type and quality of merchandise desired.
  • Drive around the yard with the yard dog to locate a trailer that needs a DOT Inspection.
  • Case dock, load and unload delivery trucks.

Top Trailer Employers