CAREER

Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$28,660

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+3.8% (slower than the average)

Career

What Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse Do

Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts, horticultural specialties, and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; or cleaning, grading, sorting, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities.

Other Job Titles Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse May Have

Farm Laborer, Field Irrigation Worker, Gardener, Greenhouse Worker, Grower, Harvester, Nursery Worker, Orchard Worker, Picker, Propagation Worker

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Crew Member ,

Refresh Appalachia

I tend the land of various areas that Refresh Appalachia has leased. I have to haul goats, chickens, pigs, honeybees,, soil, and a variety of plants. My goal is to make the land workable and viable. When I'm not tending to the land and the livestock, I'm in the classroom. I've been studying agricultural science along with business management and business law and just recently graduated with my associate's degree. I also take classes on personal development.


Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Harvest plants, and transplant or pot and label them.
  • Operate tractors, tractor-drawn machinery, and self-propelled machinery to plow, harrow and fertilize soil, or to plant, cultivate, spray and harvest crops.
  • Set up and operate irrigation equipment.
  • Repair and maintain farm vehicles, implements, and mechanical equipment.
  • Harvest fruits and vegetables by hand.

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