Tobacco Farmer

Produce tobacco for cigarettes and cigars.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$29,000 – $107,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tobacco Farmers do?

So here are the basics of the job of Tobacco Farmer: As a Farmer, you plant crops to sell for a profit. While your plants are growing, you care for them by fertilizing and watering them, and keeping them free of disease or bugs. When they’re fully grown, you harvest them and take them to market, where you sell them to buyers for the highest amount.

A Tobacco Farmer’s job is pretty similar to any other Farmer’s job, but the difference is in your product. As you probably know, tobacco is the stuff you smoke in cigarettes or cigars; it can also be chewed, snorted, or placed against the gums. No matter the method, the purpose is to feel a small “buzz” coming from the nicotine in the tobacco.

To start, you grow your plants indoors in what are known as hotbeds. These hotbeds let the plants get big enough to survive bad weather or insect attacks before being moved outside. Tobacco gets harvested once a year by hand or machine, depending on how big your farm is. The leaves are actually what you’re after. When the plants are mature enough, you remove the leaves and dry them before selling.

As a Tobacco Farmer, you’re concerned with getting your crops to market. Tobacco is considered a cash crop, which basically means you can make money off of it. There are about 70 different types of tobacco plants, and you can grow any variety or combination of them. You might work on a large farming operation, or on your own small farm. The amount of money and work you invest will vary depending on how big your operation is.

Should I be a Tobacco Farmer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.

  • Also known as: Tobacco Grower

    How to become a Tobacco Farmer

    We recommend at least a Bachelor's degree. Check out these schools offering Tobacco Farmer-related education!
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