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Working As A Wrangler

  • 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

  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Wrangler 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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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 Length of Employment
Riding Instructor 3.1 years
Farm Assistant 2.8 years
Stable Hand 2.1 years
Barn Hand 2.0 years
Wrangler 2.0 years
Horse Wrangler 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Wrangler
Cashier 15.4%
Internship 11.2%
Server 6.5%
Volunteer 5.9%
Assistant 5.9%
Ranch Hand 4.9%
Waitress 3.5%
Manager 3.0%
Hostess 3.0%
Farm Hand 2.8%
Top Careers After Wrangler
Internship 11.2%
Cashier 11.0%
Server 7.9%
Ranch Hand 6.4%
Volunteer 5.2%
Manager 4.8%
Assistant 4.7%
Waitress 2.9%
Farm Hand 2.6%
Barista 2.6%

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Wrangler Demographics

Gender

Female

56.2%

Male

34.9%

Unknown

8.9%
Ethnicity

White

69.4%

Hispanic or Latino

12.4%

Black or African American

8.8%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.0%

French

16.0%

German

8.0%

Swedish

2.0%

Swahili

2.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Turkish

2.0%

Dutch

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Mandarin

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Breton

2.0%

Italian

2.0%
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Wrangler Education

Schools

Colorado State University

10.0%

Texas A&M University

9.6%

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

7.3%

Montana State University - Bozeman

6.8%

Utah State University

6.8%

Northern Arizona University

5.0%

Murray State University

4.6%

Michigan State University

4.6%

West Texas A&M University

4.6%

Hocking College

4.6%

Tarleton State University

4.6%

University of Kentucky

4.1%

William Woods University

3.7%

Kansas State University

3.7%

State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill

3.7%

University of Arizona

3.7%

Missouri State University

3.2%

Texas Tech University

3.2%

Texas State University

3.2%

Front Range Community College

3.2%
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Majors

Animal Science

12.5%

Business

9.7%

Psychology

7.9%

Agricultural Production Operations

7.9%

Biology

6.4%

Photography

5.7%

Nursing

4.4%

Communication

4.3%

Fine Arts

4.1%

Agricultural Business

4.1%

Computer Science

3.8%

Agricultural And Domestic Animal Services

3.8%

Medical Assisting Services

3.6%

English

3.4%

Agriculture

3.3%

Criminal Justice

3.3%

Environmental Science

3.1%

Graphic Design

3.1%

Accounting

3.0%

Liberal Arts

2.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.2%

Other

25.6%

Associate

11.1%

Masters

6.6%

Certificate

3.9%

Diploma

0.6%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Highest Wrangler Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Security Wrangler Automattic, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 07, 2016 $113,180
Security Wrangler Automattic, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 09, 2016 $113,180
Data Wrangler Euclid Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 06, 2016 $100,000
Data Wrangler Addepar, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 27, 2014 $80,000
Data Wrangler Addepar, Inc. Mountain View, CA May 14, 2013 $80,000
Wrangler California Guest Services, Inc. CA Jun 02, 2014 $27,820

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Top Skills for A Wrangler

  1. Guest Satisfaction
  2. Sale Horses
  3. Horseback Tours
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  • Managed employees and corrals, guided horseback tours, cared for horses, and escorted guests on all outings.
  • General horse care, barn maintenance, and leading and assisting guided trail rides for guests.
  • Provide pet owner's with updates and respond to daily concerns and requests in a friendly, customer service oriented manner.
  • Water and bridle horses to prepare for trail rides, ensuring proper fit of all tack before sending the horse out.
  • Assisted in the daily care and maintenance of 20 horses and stable facilities.

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