Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers

Farm Manager

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers operate their own farms or ranches. They make business decisions about the operation of their farms or ranches, such as what crops to plant, how to raise livestock, and how to sell their products
Farm Manager
Old Macdonald had a farm, you can too. Managing a farm is hard yet rewarding work.
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Work outdoors, Learn a field vital to the entire country, Explore opportunities to one day run your own farm!

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Aquaculture Director, Farm Manager, Farm Operations Technical Director, Fish Hatchery Manager, Greenhouse Manager, Harvesting Manager, Hatchery Manager, Hatchery Supervisor, Nursery Manager, Ranch Manager

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.

At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Aquaculture Director, Farm Manager, Farm Operations Technical Director, Fish Hatchery Manager, Greenhouse Manager, Harvesting Manager, Hatchery Manager, Hatchery Supervisor, Nursery Manager, Ranch Manager
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Your Typical Day:

  • 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.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Maintain operational records.
  • Compile operational data.
  • Manage agricultural or forestry operations.
  • Analyze financial records to improve budgeting or planning.
  • Determine resource needs.
  • Develop emergency response plans or procedures.
  • Develop agricultural methods.
  • Perform manual agricultural, aquacultural, or horticultural tasks.
  • Maintain regulatory or compliance documentation.
  • Prepare reports related to compliance matters.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • 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. 78/100

  • Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. 73/100

  • Biology

Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment. 71/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 66/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 60/100

  • Personnel and Human Resources

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems. 60/100

  • Food Production

Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques. 59/100

  • Economics and Accounting

Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data. 57/100

  • Sales and Marketing

Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems. 57/100

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 56/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Marine hatchery equipment
  • Water sprinklers
  • Secateurs or pruning shears
  • Sprayers
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles
  • Power saws
  • Greenhouse irrigation equipment
  • Irrigation trickles
  • Air compressors
  • Mowers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Agricultural tractors
  • Greenhouse pots
  • Haymaking machinery
  • Animal husbandry equipment
  • Belt conveyors
  • Greenhouse ventilation equipment
  • Cultivators
  • pH meters
  • Commercial fishing nets
  • Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
  • Lawnmowers
  • Lawn scarifiers
  • Portable data input terminals
  • Veterinary injection or suction unit
  • Water trucks
  • Pipe or tube cutter
  • Round file
  • Hygrometers
  • Air pumps
  • Ladders
  • Flowmeters
  • Cages or its accessories
  • Bar code reader equipment
  • Container trailers
  • Laboratory mixers
  • Milking machines
  • Cargo trucks
  • Dissolved oxygen meters
  • Dewatering pumps
  • Ozone water treatment equipment
  • Air dryers
  • Psychrometers
  • Commercial fishing reels
  • Water filters
  • Irrigation overheads
  • Transplanters
  • Blow torch
  • Electronic counters
  • Notebook computers
  • Centrifugal pumps
  • Forklifts
  • Clock timers
  • Harvesters
  • Stereo or dissecting light microscopes
  • Livestock trailers
  • Power drills
  • Squares
  • Incubators or brooders for poultry
  • Handheld thermometer
  • Veterinary castration instruments
  • Backhoe boom or boom sections
  • Shovels
  • Laboratory heaters
  • Weeders
  • Protective gloves
  • Water meters
  • Seed drills
  • Gas generators
  • Alarm systems
  • Combine harvesters
  • Fog or mist generators
  • Livestock identification equipment
  • Oil can
  • Power chippers
  • Spot welding machine
  • Composter
  • Egg inspection or collecting equipment
  • Wood chisels
  • Turbine pumps
  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Broadcast spreaders
  • Ultraviolet wastewater disinfection equipment
  • Hoes
  • Trenching machines
  • Saws
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
  • Power meters
  • Biological filter media
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver
  • Claw hammer
  • Pneumatic nail puller
  • Lux or light meter
  • Floor or platform scales
  • Air velocity and temperature monitors
  • Conductivity meters
  • Soil core sampling apparatus
  • Water analyzers
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Pipe wrench or stillson wrench
  • Hacksaw
  • Snowplow attachments
  • Dump trucks
  • Grease guns
  • Snow blowers
  • Tongue and groove pliers
  • Utility knives
  • Power nail guns
  • Bench scales
  • Desktop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Backhoes
  • Tablet computers
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