Farmers


Overview

Farmers

Introduction

Farmers either own or lease land on which they raise crops, such as corn, wheat, tobacco, cotton, vegetables, or fruits; raise animals or poultry; or maintain herds of dairy cattle for the production of milk. Whereas some farmers may combine several of these activities, most specialize in one specific area. They are assisted by farm laborers—either hired workers or members of farm families—who perform various tasks.

As increasingly complex technology continues to impact the agricultural industry, farms are becoming l...

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Median Salary

$67,950

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Employment Prospects

Fair

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Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma


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Experience

Any farming experience one can obtain will be useful


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Skills

Business Management


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Personality Traits

Conventional

Earnings

Farmers' incomes vary greatly from year to year, since the prices of farm products fluctuate according to weather conditions and the amount and quality of what all farmers were able to produce. A farm that shows a large profit one year may show a loss for the following year. Most farmers, especially those running small farms, earn incomes from nonfarm activities that are several times larger th...

Work Environment

The farmer's daily life has its rewards and dangers. Machine-related injuries, exposure to the weather, and illnesses caused by allergies or animal-related diseases are just some of the hazards that farmers face on a regular basis. In addition, farms are often isolated, away from many conveniences and necessities, such as immediate medical attention. 

Farming can be a difficult and frust...

Outlook

Little or no change in employment is expected for farmers and ranchers through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Opportunities will be better for farm managers as owners of large farm properties seek managers to oversee land and agricultural workers.

Large corporate farms are fast replacing the small farmer, who is being forced out of the industry by the spiraling co...

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