Sheep Shearer

Shear wools from live sheep.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$16,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Sheep Shearers do?

Shears wool from live sheep, using power-driven clippers or hand shears: Places animal in shearing station. Clips wool close to hide so that fleece is removed in one piece and exercises care to nick or cut skin as little as possible. Herds shorn animal into runway leading to pen. Oils and sharpens clippers and shears. May tie fleece.


Should I be a Sheep Shearer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Corn Sheller, Egg Setter, Nut Sheller, Sheep Clipper, Smudger, Wool Shearer

    How to become a Sheep Shearer

    Most Sheep Shearers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9baaaa&chl=no+college+%2896%25%29|certificate+%283%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,96,96
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