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Agricultural Workers

Agricultural Workers
Quick Facts : Agricultural Workers*
2010 Median Pay$18,970
Entry Level Education              

Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012757,900
Job Outlook-3% (Decline moderately)
Employment Change-20,000

Agricultural workers maintain the quality of farms, crops, and livestock by operating machinery and doing physical labor under the supervision of agricultural managers. Farmworkers also apply pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers to crops. They repair fences and some farm equipment.

What Agricultural Workers Do

  • Irrigate farm soil and maintain ditches or pipes and pumps
  • Direct and monitor the activities of work crews as they plant, weed, or harvest
  • Use brands, tags, or tattoos to mark livestock 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

Work Environment

Agricultural workers typically work outdoors. Some work primarily with crops and vegetables. Others handle livestock.
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Job Outlook

Employment of agricultural workers is expected to decline by about three percent between 2010 and 2020. However, agricultural workers should have good job prospects overall.
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The average salary of agricultural workers was $18,970 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Agricultural Workers

Most agricultural workers do not need a high school diploma. Instead, they usually get up to a year of on-the-job training, depending on their responsibilities. Along with on-the-job training, some animal breeders have a bachelor's degree in animal science and genetics.
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