Plant the Seed for Your Future!

Working as a farmer, rancher, or an agricultural manager

Be the Difference

Have you always dreamed of living or working on a farm, growing your own food, or wish to make a positive impact on the world? Then a job as a farmer, rancher, or agricultural manager is a perfect fit for you! With the new organic movement that is taking over the country, many business opportunities are opening. People want fresh produce and food to eat and are expecting farmers to provide that for them. As a farmer, rancher, or agricultural manager you plan a direct role in the quality of foods that the consumer eats. This job allows you to improve the quality of life that your fellow Americans have by providing them with the essential healthy food sources they need.

The Meat & Potatoes

Farmers typically are working with produce and various crops, while ranchers are typically raising livestock. Duties include growing the food/animals, packaging, transporting, and selling their product, as well as maintaining the land and facilities they use.

Work Environment

If you are someone that enjoys being outdoors, surrounded by nature, or has a green thumb then this is a perfect fit for you!

Getting into the Field

Farmers and ranchers typically learn their trade by growing up on a farm and typically only need a high school diploma to begin working. However, more and more people are going to college to earn bachelor's degrees due to the fact that the industry wants people with a higher education to be running agricultural businesses.

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The average annual wage for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers was $69,300 in May 2012. With other markets opening in the field, the potential to earn even more than the median annual pay is increasing. Take Colorado or Washington for example.

Job Outlook

Agricultural managers will have many more opportunities. People who own large areas of land, who often do not live on the property, are seeking agricultural managers to run the farms as they would a business.

Reference

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/farmers-ranchers-and-other-agricultural-managers.htm (visited August 27, 2015).


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