Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals

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What do they do?

Attend to live farm, ranch, open range or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, rabbits, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, milking, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Includes workers who shear wool from sheep and collect eggs in hatcheries.

Also known as:

Barn Worker, Cattle Driver, Cowboy, Egg Gatherer, Farm Hand, Farm Laborer, Farrowing Worker, Hatchery Worker, Herdsman, Livestock Handler, Milker, Milking Worker, Ranch Hand, Rancher, Stable Hand, Vaccinator, Wrangler

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals is projected to Decline 2 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • -2.7%

    Percent Change

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  • 40,600

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.4%)
  • Master's degree (1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (6.3%)
  • Associate's degree (3.9%)
  • Some college, no degree (10.5%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (28.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (49.5%)

Percent of workers in this field

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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People in this career often have talent in:

  • 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.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Care for animals.
  • Examine animals to detect illness, injury or other problems.
  • Treat animal injuries or illnesses.
  • Prepare materials or solutions for animal or plant use.
  • Mark agricultural or forestry products for identification.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 25.1 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

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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