Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

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What do they do?

Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts, horticultural specialties, and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; or cleaning, grading, sorting, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities.

Also known as:

Farm Laborer, Field Irrigation Worker, Gardener, Greenhouse Worker, Grower, Harvester, Nursery Worker, Orchard Worker, Picker, Propagation Worker

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse is projected to grow 2 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • 2%

    Percent Change

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  • 88,800

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.3%)
  • Master's degree (0.9%)
  • Bachelor's degree (6.2%)
  • Associate's degree (4%)
  • Some college, no degree (10.6%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (28%)
  • Less than high school diploma (49.9%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Transport animals, crops, or equipment.
  • Sell agricultural products.
  • Plant crops, trees, or other plants.
  • Mark agricultural or forestry products for identification.
  • Harvest agricultural products.
  • Confer with managers to make operational decisions.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.1 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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