General farm workers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. General farm workers can become specialized in a particular type of crop or livestock production through experience.
B. Plant, fertilize, cultivate, spray, irrigate and harvest crops
C. Feed and tend livestock and poultry
D. Milk cows
E. Operate and maintain farm machinery and equipment
F. Detect disease and health problems in crops, livestock and poultry
G. Examine produce for quality and prepare for market
1. Farms - 94.0%
2. Support activities for farms - 1.0%
3. Wholesale trade - 1.0%
1. You need no specific education or training. However, you may obtain college certificates or specialized courses related to farming, such as farm equipment mechanics, agricultural welding, tree pruning, and pesticide application.
2. You may benefit from previous farm experience, maybe on a family farm.
3. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor.
4. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 2 in 5 have a trade/vocational certificate.
2. Physical Education
The average hourly wages for General Farm Workers is $10.67/HR, which is below average for occupations in the primary industry sector and are below average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.