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Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, & Aquacultural Animals

Also called: Livestock Handler, Cowboy, Farm Hand, Ranch Hand

What they do:
Attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, 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, 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.
On the job, you would:
  • Feed and water livestock and monitor food and water supplies.
  • Drive trucks, tractors, and other equipment to distribute feed to animals.
  • Examine animals to detect illness, injury, or disease, and to check physical characteristics, such as rate of weight gain.

Knowledge

Business
  • management
Math and Science
  • biology

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Independence
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • BCL Landview Systems WinCrop
  • Farm Works Software Trac
Spreadsheet software
Internet browser software
  • Web browser software

Education

Education: (rated 1 of 5)
some high school or
high school diploma
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$22,060
per year, on average
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