Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals
SOC: 45-2093.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
216,100 employed

Projected (2024):
209,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Animal Care Taker
  • Animal Feeder
  • Animal Herder
  • Animal Husbandry Worker
  • Animal Keeper
  • Aquaculture Worker
  • Aquatic Laborer
  • Aquatic Life Laborer
  • Artificial Breeding Distributor
  • Bait Digger
  • Barn Hand
  • Barn Worker
  • Bee Keeper
  • Bee Raiser
  • Bee Robber
  • Bee Tender
  • Bee Worker
  • Beekeeper
  • Bottler
  • Breeder Hen Service Technician
  • Breeding Technician
  • Broodmare Barn Groom
  • Brush Cutter
  • Buccaro
  • Caponizer
  • Care Taker
  • Castrator
  • Cattle Alley Worker
  • Cattle Brander
  • Cattle Care Worker
  • Cattle Dehorner
  • Cattle Dipper
  • Cattle Driver
  • Cattle Feeder
  • Cattle Sprayer
  • Chick Room Supervisor
  • Chicken Catcher
  • Chicken Dresser
  • Chicken Handler
  • Chicken Hatchery Helper
  • Chicken Picker
  • Chicken Raiser
  • Chicken Tender
  • Chicken Vaccinator
  • Chopper
  • Chore Tender
  • Chore Worker
  • Chute Man
  • Cow Puncher
  • Cow Rider
  • Cow Tender
  • Cow Washer
  • Cowboy
  • Cowpuncher
  • Dairy Farm Worker
  • Dairy Farmer
  • Dairy Farmworker
  • Dairy Feed Worker
  • Dairy Hand
  • Dairy Worker
  • Dairyman
  • Debeaker
  • Dipper
  • Ditch Cleaner
  • Ditch Digger
  • Ditch Rider
  • Ditch Tender
  • Ditcher
  • Dude Wrangler
  • Egg Gatherer
  • Egg Setter
  • Exercise Rider
  • Farm Assistant
  • Farm Hand
  • Farm Helper
  • Farm Laborer
  • Farm or Ranch Animal Caretaker
  • Farm Rancher
  • Farmer
  • Farming
  • Farrowing Worker
  • Feed Grinder
  • Fence Builder
  • Fence Erector
  • Fence Installer
  • Fence Post Driver
  • Fence Rider
  • Field Aide
  • Field Broomer
  • Field Hand
  • Field Handyman
  • Field Hauler
  • Field Worker
  • Firebreak Cutter
  • Fish Farm Laborer
  • Fish Hatchery Assistant
  • Fish Hatchery Man
  • Fish Hatchery Worker
  • Fish, Frog, or Oyster Farmer
  • Fleece Tier
  • Frog or Oyster Farmworker
  • Game Farm Helper
  • General Farmer
  • Goat Herder
  • Groom
  • Groomer
  • Hand
  • Handyman
  • Hatchery Attendant
  • Hatchery Employee
  • Hatchery Helper
  • Hatchery Laborer
  • Hatchery Man
  • Hatchery Worker
  • Hay Buckler
  • Hay Stacker
  • Herder
  • Herdsman
  • Hired Hand
  • Hired Help
  • Hired Man
  • Hired Worker
  • Hog Handler
  • Honey Extractor
  • Horse Groomer
  • Horse Wrangler
  • Horses or Mules Teamster
  • Hose Sprayer
  • Husbandry Person
  • Incubator Machine Operator
  • Incubator Operator
  • Incubator Tender
  • Inoculator
  • Insemination Worker
  • Jackaroo
  • Kennel Worker
  • Laborer
  • Lamber
  • Land Clearer
  • Lead Rider
  • Line Rider
  • Livestock Caretaker
  • Livestock Farmer
  • Livestock Farmworker
  • Livestock Feeder
  • Livestock Handler
  • Livestock Laborer
  • Livestock Ranch Hand
  • Livestock Yard Attendant
  • Loader
  • Machine Egg Washer
  • Machine Milker
  • Milk Bottler
  • Milk House Worker
  • Milker
  • Milking Machine Operator
  • Milking Worker
  • Milkman
  • Mule Driver
  • Mustanger
  • Pack Mule Worker
  • Pen Rider
  • Pole Setter
  • Portable Track Line Marker
  • Portable Trackman
  • Poultry Cleaner
  • Poultry Culler
  • Poultry Debeaker
  • Poultry Dresser
  • Poultry Farm Laborer
  • Poultry Farmer
  • Poultry Farmworker
  • Poultry Hatchery Laborer
  • Poultry Hatchery Man
  • Poultry Picker
  • Poultry Pinner
  • Poultry Raiser
  • Poultry Service Technician
  • Poultry Tender
  • Poultry Vaccinator
  • Poultryman
  • Ranch Hand
  • Ranch Helper
  • Range Rider
  • Rat Poisoner
  • Rat Trapper
  • Rider
  • Sheep Herder
  • Sheep Shearer
  • Shepherd
  • Shrimp Pond Laborer
  • Silo Filler
  • Soft Crab Shedder
  • Sorting Cows Worker
  • Sorting Livestock Worker
  • Sow Farm Barn Technician
  • Sow Farm Technician
  • Spooner
  • Stable Attendant
  • Stable Cleaner
  • Stable Hand
  • Stable Helper
  • Stallion Keeper
  • Stock Driver
  • Stock Feeder
  • Teamster
  • Truck Driver
  • Turkey Egg Gatherer
  • Turkey Picker
  • Turkey Pinner
  • Vaccinator
  • Vaquero
  • Wage Hand
  • Wool Sacker
  • Worm Farm Laborer
  • Worm Grower
  • Worm Packer
  • Worm Picker
  • Wrangler
  • Yard Attendant
  • Yard Worker


  • Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.

    Education:

    Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Feed and water livestock and monitor food and water supplies.
  • Drive trucks, tractors, and other equipment to distribute feed to animals.
  • Examine animals to detect illness, injury, or disease, and to check physical characteristics, such as rate of weight gain.
  • Provide medical treatment, such as administering medications and vaccinations, or arrange for veterinarians to provide more extensive treatment.
  • Mix feed, additives, and medicines in prescribed portions.
  • Inspect, maintain, and repair equipment, machinery, buildings, pens, yards, and fences.
  • Move equipment, poultry, or livestock from one location to another, manually or using trucks or carts.
  • Clean stalls, pens, and equipment, using disinfectant solutions, brushes, shovels, water hoses, or pumps.
  • Mark livestock to identify ownership and grade, using brands, tags, paint, or tattoos.
  • Herd livestock to pastures for grazing or to scales, trucks, or other enclosures.
  • Shift animals between grazing areas to ensure that they have sufficient access to food.
  • Order food for animals, and arrange for its delivery.
  • Perform duties related to livestock reproduction, such as breeding animals within appropriate timeframes, performing artificial inseminations, and helping with animal births.
  • Milk animals such as cows and goats, by hand or using milking machines.
  • Segregate animals according to weight, age, color, and physical condition.
  • Patrol grazing lands on horseback or using all-terrain vehicles.
  • Maintain growth, feeding, production, and cost records.
  • Groom, clip, trim, or castrate animals, dock ears and tails, or shear coats to collect hair.
  • Spray livestock with disinfectants and insecticides, or dip or bathe animals.
  • Collect, inspect, and place eggs in incubators, operate machines for egg washing, candling, and grading, and pack eggs in cartons.
  • Protect herds from predators, using trained dogs.
  • Trim and shear poultry beaks, toes, and wings using debeaking machines, heated hand shears, or hot wires.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • All terrain vehicles ATV
  • Animal hair clippers
  • Animal hair trimmers
  • Animal trailers
  • Animal vaccination syringes
  • Automated feed batch mixers
  • Automatic watering devices
  • Backhoes
  • Balling guns
  • Blood drawing syringes
  • Castration equipment
  • Cattle chutes
  • Cattle prods
  • Claw hammers
  • Debeakers
  • Dehorners
  • Desktop computers
  • Disinfectant sprayers
  • Dust and particulate respirators
  • Ear taggers
  • Egg candlers
  • Egg grading machines
  • Egg washing machines
  • Electronic animal scales
  • Farm trucks
  • Feed conveyors
  • Feed trailers
  • Feed wagons
  • Fumigators
  • Grease guns
  • Hand trucks
  • Hoof trimmers
  • Horse bridles
  • Horse saddles
  • Insecticide sprayers
  • Insemination syringes
  • Laptop computers
  • Milking equipment sterilizers
  • Milking machines
  • Multipurpose tractors
  • Nail trimmers
  • Nebulizers
  • Post hole diggers
  • Poultry incubators
  • Power drills
  • Power saws
  • Shovels
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Snowplows
  • Tail dockers
  • Veterinary intravenous IV sets
  • BCL Landview Systems WinCrop
  • Farm Works Software Trac
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Web browser software


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    industry stats

    SOC: 45-0000

    Total Employed: 454,230

    Average Annual Salary: $26,360