How to become an Agricultural Worker
Agricultural Worker Job Duties
Agricultural Worker Skills and Qualities
Agricultural Worker Salaries
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For higher level positions that oversee agricultural facilities and the breeding of animals, a four-year degree is usually required in an area of animal science, agriculture, etc. For example, animal breeders must be knowledgeable about genetics, biology, and animal psychology as well as microbiology, chemistry, and government regulations overseeing the meat industry. Mangers and scientists that oversee the production of crop foods require similarly complex educational backgrounds. These types of positions play a part in helping keep farms and ranches profitable and keeping the country fed.
On the other hand, there are plenty of agricultural jobs that require no degrees, diplomas or training, such as agricultural laborers who do the day-to-day gardening, care and harvesting of crops.
There are also, of course, every level of responsibility and complexity in between these to ranges.
Also, some agricultural workers serve as inspectors on behalf of government and other regulatory bodies, which sometimes require four-year degrees and sometimes certifications. Others can be considered as consultants in various areas of agricultural specialty. In short, "agricultural workers" do everything associated with farms, ranches, etc. from menial labor to facility oversight.
The vast majority of workers in this broad category are agricultural laborers, who perform the majority of hands-on work on farms and agricultural facilities. These farm workers conduct pest control and administer pesticides, look to irrigation channels that keep crops watered, apply fertilizers at the appropriate times, and harvest crops by hand or machine.
Agricultural inspectors help make sure that local, state and federal regulations are being followed in the production of food, including making sure that illegal pesticides and chemicals are not being used, that animals are not being treated cruelly, that animal feed does not contain harmful materials and is suitable for livestock, and that livestock health is consistent and good.
Agricultural managers hold higher level responsibility and do not do hands-on farm work but help farms on the business end, overseeing the hiring of workers, managing worker issues and supervising workers, managing operations so harvests and slaughters happen on time, maintaining productivity levels, performing administrative and financial tasks that need doing on farms and ranches, etc.
Nursery workers grow, plant, transplant, prune, and care for trees and plants for the purpose of selling them. Nursery workers cultivate land and...