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Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals

Job Information

Attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Includes workers who shear wool from sheep, and collect eggs in hatcheries.


  • Duties vary widely—from raising plants and livestock to operating large farm equipment.
  • The majority of agricultural workers learn their skills on the job in less than a month; animal breeders require more work experience or a college degree.
  • Job openings are expected to be numerous; opportunities for agricultural equipment operators, and crop, greenhouse, and nursery farmworkers should be particularly plentiful.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $22,100/yr ($11.05/hr)
Job Outlook Bright
Education High School diploma