Agricultural Equipment Operators

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What do they do?

Drive and control equipment to support agricultural activities such as tilling soil; planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops; feeding and herding livestock; or removing animal waste. May perform tasks such as crop baling or hay bucking. May operate stationary equipment to perform post-harvest tasks such as husking, shelling, threshing, and ginning.

Also known as:

Baler Operator, Combine Operator, Custom Harvester, Cutter Operator, Equipment Operator, Farm Equipment Operator, Hay Baler, Hay Stacker Operator, Loader Operator, Machine Operator, Packing Tractor Machine Operator, Picker, Rake Operator, Sprayer, Windrower Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Agricultural Equipment Operators in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Agricultural Equipment Operators is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 3.9%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #43 in job growth rate
  • 440

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #16 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Agricultural Equipment Operators:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.2%)
  • Master's degree (0.8%)
  • Bachelor's degree (6.1%)
  • Associate's degree (4.1%)
  • Some college, no degree (10.8%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (27.7%)
  • Less than high school diploma (50.2%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Load agricultural or forestry products for shipment.
  • Prepare materials or solutions for animal or plant use.
  • Apply chemical solutions to plants to protect against disease or insects or to enhance growth.
  • Inspect equipment or facilities to determine condition or maintenance needs.
  • Operate farming equipment.
  • Load materials into equipment for processing.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.0 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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