Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

General Information

Description

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.

Job Outlook

Overall employment of agricultural workers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite limited employment growth, about 138,900 openings for agricultural workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$28,660

State-by-state Salary

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$44,860
$19,530
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Education

Knowledge

  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Education and Training
  • Administration and Management
  • Biology
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