Grain Farm Equipment Operator

Drive tractors to plant grain in the spring and harvest in the fall.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $38,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Grain Farm Equipment Operators do?

You’ve got your headphones on, music cranked up. The seat offers a rhythmic bounce as you move across the field. All is quiet except for the sound of your tractor, and you’re completely alone to enjoy fields full of wheat, barley, alfalfa, or oats gently blowing in the summer breeze.

As a Grain Farm Equipment Operator, you have extensive knowledge about large machines, such as tractors and combines. A Grain Farm Equipment Operator is also comfortable in the seat of a four-wheel drive pickup, a quad, or a semi-truck. And you prove it when you attach accessories and drive these big rigs through the fields. Each one performs a specific job, and as a Grain Farm Equipment Operator, you know when and how to use it.

Even the smallest backyard Gardener will admit there is pleasure in growing your own crops. But your job is more than providing salad for dinner. You work on an income-producing (hopefully) farm that relies on you to care for hundreds or even thousands of acres of grains.

If this sounds like a little chunk of heaven, then a job as a Grain Farm Equipment Operator might be for you. It’s a dirty, dusty, weather-exposed job, but you take satisfaction in spending your days planting, cultivating, irrigating, and harvesting crops. Where some people see isolation, you see solitude. While others gripe about calloused hands and long days, you bare a contented smile at your accomplishments.

Should I be a Grain Farm Equipment Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • How to Become a
    Grain Farm Equipment Operator

    Most Grain Farm Equipment Operators 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:9eaaaa&chl=no+college+%2893%25%29|certificate+%286%25%29||bachelor%27s+%281%25%29||doctorate+%281%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,93,93
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