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Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
Quick Facts : Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers*
2010 Median Pay$60,750
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20121,202,500
Job Outlook-8% (Decline moderately)
Employment Change-96,100


Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers run establishments that produce crops, livestock, and dairy products. Some farmers work primarily with crops and vegetables, whereas other farmers and ranchers handle livestock.

What Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers Do

  • Supervise all steps of the crop production and ranging process, including planting, fertilizing, harvesting, and herding
  • Determine how to raise crops or livestock according to factors such as market conditions, federal program availability, and soil conditions
  • Operate and repair farm machinery so it cultivates, harvests, and hauls crops
  • Adapt what they do as needed for weather and where the crop is in its growing cycle
  • Maintain farm facilities, including its water pipes, hoses, fences, and animal shelters

Work Environment

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers work outdoors and may spend some time in offices. Some farmers and ranchers maintain and operate machinery, and they sometimes do strenuous physical work.
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Job Outlook

Employment of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers is expected to decline moderately by eight percent from 2010 to 2020.
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Pay

The median annual wage of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers was $60,750 in May 2010.
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Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

60750

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

59516.2857

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers*
Percent Change in Employment

Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

-7.99168

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

13.36232967887606

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers typically gain skills through hands-on training and usually have at least a high school diploma. Traditionally, experience growing up on or working on a family farm or ranch was the most common way farmers and ranchers learn their trade.
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