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Farm & Ranch Managers

Also called: Dairy Farmer, Farm Manager, Farmer, Rancher

What they do:
Plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments. May hire, train, or supervise farm workers or contract for services to carry out the day-to-day activities of the managed operation. May engage in or supervise planting, cultivating, harvesting, financial, or marketing activities.
On the job, you would:
  • Inspect orchards or fields to determine crop maturity or condition or to detect disease or insect infestation.
  • Direct crop production operations, such as planning, tilling, planting, fertilizing, cultivating, spraying, or harvesting.
  • Monitor activities such as irrigation, chemical application, harvesting, milking, breeding, or grading to ensure adherence to safety regulations or standards.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • food production
  • manufacture and distribution of products
  • management
  • accounting and economics
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • biology
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • talking to others
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Attention to Detail
  • Innovation


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Cattlesoft CattleMax
  • Trimble Farm Works software
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Accutech Systems Corporation AccuFarm-MGR
  • i.Agri LandMark Farm
Map creation software
  • Geographic resources analysis support system GRASS* software


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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