Farm and Ranch Managers

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About the Job

Plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments. May hire, train, or 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, financial, or marketing activities.

It is also Called

  • Worm Farmer
  • Viticulturist
  • Vineyardist
  • Vegetable Farmer
  • Turf Farmer
  • Truck Farmer
  • Tree Fruit and Nut Crops Farmer
  • Tobacco Grower
  • Sugar Plantation Manager
  • Sugar Cane Planter
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What They Do

  • Change processes such as drying, grading, storing, or shipping to improve efficiency or profitability.
  • Replace chemical insecticides with environmentally friendly practices, such as adding pest-repelling plants to fields.
  • Direct livestock or crop waste recycling operations.
  • Monitor pasture or grazing land use to ensure that livestock are properly fed or that conservation methods, such as rotational grazing, are used.
  • Monitor and adjust irrigation systems to distribute water according to crop needs and to avoid wasting water.
  • Buy or sell futures contracts or price farm products in advance of future sales to minimize risk or maximize profits.
  • Plan and direct development or production of hardier or higher-yield hybrid plant varieties.
  • Operate or oversee the operations of dairy farms that produce bulk milk.
  • Supervise the construction of farm or ranch structures, such as buildings, fences, drainage systems, wells, or roads.
  • Inspect farm or ranch structures, such as buildings, fences, or roads, ordering repair or maintenance activities, as needed.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ERC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Realistic and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Independence and Recognition in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Preparation Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in California was $92,740 with most people making between $37,170 and $158,170

Outlook

1.97%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 107,800 people in California. It is projected that there will be 129,000 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 2,120 openings due to growth and about 1,840 replacement openings for approximately 3,960 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

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