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Farmworkers & Laborers, Crop, Nursery, & Greenhouse

Also called: Farm Laborer, Gardener, Greenhouse Worker, Nursery Worker

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What 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.
On the job, you would:
  • Harvest plants, and transplant or pot and label them.
  • Operate tractors, tractor-drawn machinery, and self-propelled machinery to plow, harrow and fertilize soil, or to plant, cultivate, spray and harvest crops.
  • Set up and operate irrigation equipment.

Knowledge

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Business
  • management

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Endurance
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath

Personality

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

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
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Electronic mail software
  • IBM Lotus Notes

Education

Education: (rated 1 of 5)

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$25,440
$23,010
$36,910
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