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Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments. May hire, train, and supervise farm workers or contract for services to carry out the day-to-day activities of the managed operation. May engage in or supervise planting, cultivating, harvesting, and financial and marketing activities.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Collect and record growth, production, and environmental data.
    • Manage nurseries that grow horticultural plants for sale to trade or retail customers, for display or exhibition, or for research.
    • Direct and monitor trapping and spawning of fish, egg incubation, and fry rearing, applying knowledge of management and fish culturing techniques.
    • Direct and monitor the transfer of mature fish to lakes, ponds, streams, or commercial tanks.
    • Determine how to allocate resources and to respond to unanticipated problems, such as insect infestation, drought, and fire.
    • Determine plant growing conditions, such as greenhouses, hydroponics, or natural settings, and set planting and care schedules.
    • Devise and participate in activities to improve fish hatching and growth rates, and to prevent disease in hatcheries.
    • Position and regulate plant irrigation systems, and program environmental and irrigation control computers.
    • Prepare reports required by state and federal laws.
    • Inspect facilities and equipment for signs of disrepair, and perform necessary maintenance work.
    • Maintain financial, operational, production, or employment records for farms or ranches.
    • Coordinate clerical, record-keeping, inventory, requisitioning, and marketing activities.
    • Direct the breeding or raising of stock, such as cattle, poultry, or honeybees, using recognized breeding practices to ensure stock improvement.
    • Negotiate with buyers for the sale, storage, or shipment of crops or livestock.
    • Coordinate the selection and maintenance of brood stock.
    • Analyze soil to determine types or quantities of fertilizer required for maximum crop production.
    • Provide information to customers on the care of trees, shrubs, flowers, plants, and lawns.
    • Analyze market conditions to determine acreage allocations.
    • Replace chemical insecticides with environmentally friendly practices, such as adding pest-repelling plants to fields.
    • Supervise the construction of farm or ranch structures, such as buildings, fences, drainage systems, wells, or roads.

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 68960/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 33.15/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 81,500
    • Yearly Projected Openings 8,750

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    Personality

    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Initiative
    • Leadership
    • Persistence

    Tools

    • Water sprinklers
    • Secateurs or pruning shears
    • Power saws
    • Marine hatchery equipment
    • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles

    Technology

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    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    • Accounting software

    Tags

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    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.

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