Tobacco Curer

Control heating equipment in tobacco barns to cure tobacco.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $44,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tobacco Curers do?

Controls heating equipment in tobacco barns to cure tobacco: Starts coal or wood fire in furnace, lights oil or gas burner, or turns on electric furnace to heat barn. Regulates temperature and draft controls, depending on type of tobacco and weather conditions, until leaves are yellowed. Observes color and moisture content of leaves to determine when to increase heat and regulate draft controls to dry leaves and stems. When bulk curing barns are used, starts and regulates fan speed to control movement of air and heat through tobacco leaves.

Should I be a Tobacco Curer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Ham Curer, Meat Curer

    How to become a Tobacco Curer

    Most Tobacco Curers 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:9aaaaa&chl=no+college+%28100%25%29|||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,100,100
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