Farm and Ranch Managers

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About the Job

Plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments. May hire, train, or supervise farm workers or contract for services to carry out the day-to-day activities of the managed operation. May engage in or supervise planting, cultivating, harvesting, financial, or marketing activities.

It is also Called

  • Accredited Farm Manager (AFM)
  • Agricultural Crop Farm Manager
  • Agriculture Manager
  • Animal Husbandry Manager
  • Apiarist
  • Apiculturist
  • Arboriculturist
  • Assistant Farm Operations Manager
  • Barn and Property Manager
  • Beef Farmer
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What They Do

  • Operate or oversee the operations of dairy farms that produce bulk milk.
  • Inspect orchards or fields to determine crop maturity or condition or to detect disease or insect infestation.
  • Direct crop production operations, such as planning, tilling, planting, fertilizing, cultivating, spraying, or harvesting.
  • Monitor activities such as irrigation, chemical application, harvesting, milking, breeding, or grading to ensure adherence to safety regulations or standards.
  • Plan crop activities based on factors such as crop maturity or weather conditions.
  • Maintain financial, operational, production, or employment records for farms or ranches.
  • Obtain financing necessary for purchases of machinery, land, supplies, or livestock.
  • Direct the breeding or raising of stock, such as cattle, poultry, or honeybees, using recognized breeding practices to ensure stock improvement.
  • Inspect farm or ranch equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Plan and direct development or production of hardier or higher-yield hybrid plant varieties.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ERC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Realistic and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Independence and Recognition in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Ohio was $82,660 with most people making between $47,030 and $126,210

Outlook

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During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 75,880 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 67,420 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 1,290 replacement openings for approximately 1,290 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

Industry breakdown is not available for this occupation

Work Keys

This occupation requires a Gold certificate

Skill Level
Observation5
Locating Information5
Applied Mathematics5
Teamwork5
Applied Mathematics4
Applied Technology4
Reading for Information4