Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-2.8% (decline)


What Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers Do

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.

Other Job Titles Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers May Have

Aquaculture Director, Farm Manager, Greenhouse Manager, Ranch Manager

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Manager ,

Honokea Fishpond

Beautiful work environment at the beach, students learning about the resources available in their community, students working together to strengthen the habitats that sustain the coastal resources. Laughing, having fun, working efficiently, and carrying on the sustainable practices of their ancestors. Place-based learning at its best!

Farmer & Founder ,

The Farmer's Life

The time of year matters a lot with what's going on day to day. We work in the field and keep an eye on progress should any issues arise like pests or disease that could harm us in the final stages of the growing season. We consult with retailers, seed salespeople, and agronomists to understand how to best handle any issues that may present themselves. Also we need to plan for next year before this year's harvest even begins.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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.

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