For some, the call of the great outdoors is constant. Some of those who hear its call choose careers as farmers, ranchers, or other agricultural managers. These workers have the privilege of managing crops and livestock, from seed to tomato, from calf to bull. For a more hands-on approach to nurturing our land and its animals, you may want to be a farmer or rancher. These professionals are often their own bosses, overseeing a family business by raising food, servicing machinery, and doing their own marketing. Meanwhile, agricultural managers are more likely to aid in food production by hiring, supervising, and budgeting for a farm or group of farms, rather than doing the demanding physical labor of farm work themselves. Agricultural managers are also more likely to work for a corporation or the remote owners of an agricultural establishment. As a farmer, rancher, or agricultural manager, you will have long hours, working from sunrise to sunset in the harvest season. If raising livestock, you will need to tend to your flock every day. Agricultural workers must truly love working with nature and animals for the level of dedication required of this occupation. While many farmer, ranchers, and other agricultural managers gain valuable experience and skills from growing up in a farming family, more and more farmers are seeking out agricultural college degrees that enhance their understanding of plant and animal diseases, weather patterns, and technological advances in pesticides and other machinery. From year to year, members of this profession often experience fluctuations in salary depending on the success of their crop and livestock. In the long-term, a decline in farming, ranching, and other agricultural managing jobs is projected as technology continues to make farming more efficient. However, no one will ever truly be able to take the ‘farmer’ out of the farm.
What they do:
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of animal husbandry or animal care workers.
On the job, you would:
Assign tasks such as feeding and treatment of animals, and cleaning and maintenance of animal quarters.
Observe animals for signs of illness, injury, or unusual behavior, notifying veterinarians or managers as warranted.
Monitor animal care, maintenance, breeding, or packing and transfer activities to ensure work is done correctly.
Arts and Humanities
Education and Training
teaching and course design
Math and Science
keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
changing what is done based on other people's actions
understanding people's reactions
selecting and managing the best workers for a job
managing your time and the time of other people
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base user interface and query software
Data entry software
Valley Agricultural Software DairyCOMP 305
Sage 50 Accounting
certificate after high school or bachelor's degree usually needed
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.