Farm Hand

Help out around the farm by planting crops and mending fences.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $26,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Farm Hands do?

The best way to describe the responsibilities of a Farm Hand is to say you do a little bit of everything. The word “Hand” in the title should tell you a lot about the job—Farm Hands serve as an extra pair of hands for a Farmer or a Farm Manager.

Your exact duties depend on what type of farm you work in. For example, if you work in a farm that grows strawberries, your duties are going to be different from those of a Farm Hand in a livestock farm. You’re tasked with things like watering the plants, fertilizing, and planting and harvesting crops. Additionally, you fix fences and buildings, and perform maintenance on farm equipment like tractors or trucks.

You might help load animals onto trucks so they can be sold, corral or wrangle animals on the loose, or deliver new babies in springtime. You can even milk the cows or administer medicines to sick animals. As you can see, you really do it all. Any of the day-to-day tasks that a Farmer or Farm Manager needs to do can be passed on to you.

It should come as no surprise that you must be comfortable working outdoors and around big, smelly animals. You also should be ready for some unusual work hours, since animals and their needs know nothing of a nine-to-five job. Expect to start early in the morning when animals usually wake up, and finish when the sun goes down.


Should I be a Farm Hand?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Agriculture Laborer, Crop Ranch Hand, Dryland Farmer, Food Crops Farm Hand, Hand Cultivator, Hired Hand See More

    How to become a Farm Hand

    Most Farm Hands have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaaaa&chl=no+college+%2899%25%29|||bachelor%27s+%281%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,99,99
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