Farm Workers 


Farm workers plant, cultivate and harvest crops, raise livestock and poultry and maintain and repair farm equipment and buildings. This group includes operators of farm machinery.


Work: Farm workers perform some or all of the following duties: , Plant, fertilize, cultivate, spray, irrigate, and harvest crops; Feed and tend livestock/poultry and milk cows; Operate and maintain farm machinery/equipment; Detect disease/health problems in crops, livestock, and poultry; Examine produce for quality and prepare for market; Set and monitor water lines, air flow, and temperatures in barns, pens, and coops, and clean stables, barns, barnyards, and pens.

Title Examples: Apiary Worker, Barn Worker, Beef Cattle Farm Worker, Cattle Ranch Worker, Chick Sexer, Combine Operator, Cowpuncher, Dairy Hand, Egg Inspector, Fruit Farm Worker

Useful Secondary School subjects: Mechanics, Sciences, Physical Education

Degrees associated with this career: High School Diploma, Certificate, Diploma

Requirements: These statistics are for the career group Agriculture and Horticulture Workers (NOC 843), which includes Farm Workers. , According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), 10% of workers in this group were self-employed, while the average for all occupations was 16%. , 73% of workers in this occupation worked full-time, compared to the average of 81% for all occupations. , Women represented 31% of workers in this occupation, compared to the average of 48% for all occupations. , This occupation (General Farm Workers) is part of a larger group called Agriculture and Horticulture Workers (NOC 843). According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), the unionization rate for this group was 6%, while the unionization rate for all occupations was 31%.

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