Agricultural workers maintain the quality of farms, crops, and livestock by operating machinery and doing physical labor under the supervision of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers.
Agricultural workers usually perform their duties outdoors in all kinds of weather.
Agricultural workers typically receive on-the-job training. A high school diploma is not needed for most jobs as an agricultural worker; however, a high school diploma typically is needed for animal breeders.
The median annual wage for agricultural workers was $20,090 in May 2015.
Employment of agricultural workers is projected to decline 6 percent from 2014 to 2024. However, agricultural workers should have good job prospects overall. Still, despite international demand for crops and other agricultural products, fewer workers may be needed as agricultural establishments continue to consolidate.
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