Farmers and Farm Managers


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100077
Farmers and Farm Managers

Farmers and Farm Managers - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

About 67% of farmers and farm managers are self-employed.

Farm managers tend to work for large commercial farms. Others may work for companies that supply agricultural goods to farms. Some may work for agricultural worker supply services. These service companies contract with farms to help with the harvest or other services.

Major employers:

  • Privately owned farms
  • Large commercial farms

Outlook

Demand for this occupation is expected to decline. Farms are consolidating and technology allows farmers to produce larger crops and land suitable for farming is expensive. However, this is a very large occupation and many new jobs will be created.

There is an increasing number of small-scale farmers who are finding success by meeting the demands of specific markets. For example, many small farmers grow foods without pesticides or chemicals because there is a demand for organic food. Other farmers are starting to raise trees or plants for nurseries. Some growth in farming has occurred as people want to purchase their food directly from farmers through community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs.

Farmers and Farm Managers (CIS 100077)

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Illinois
58,845
Very large
&
1.0%
5.8%
>>>>
4,393
Very High
  Champaign Area
4,094
Very large
&
0.9%
7.0%
>>>>
305
Very High
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
5,605
Very large
&
1.1%
5.0%
>>>>
420
Very High
  Cook County
831
Small
&
-20.1%
5.6%
>>>>
38
Few
  Decatur Area
1,471
Very large
&
-3.0%
7.0%
>>>>
103
Very High
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
2,679
Very large
&
1.2%
9.7%
>>>>
201
Very High
  Du Page County
325
Medium
&
-19.4%
5.4%
>>>>
15
Few
  Edwardsville Area
1,458
Very large
&
1.2%
5.1%
>>>>
110
Very High
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
1,132
Very large
&
0.8%
7.0%
>>>>
84
Very High
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
701
Very large
&
-16.0%
5.2%
>>>>
37
Very High
  Lake County
763
Large
&
-20.4%
8.6%
>>>>
34
High
  McHenry County
1,500
Very large
&
1.0%
6.8%
>>>>
112
Very High
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
1,790
Very large
&
0.8%
6.8%
>>>>
133
Very High
  Northwest Illinois Area
6,217
Very large
&
1.1%
3.6%
>>>>
465
Very High
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
6,656
Very large
&
5.2%
7.3%
>>>>
535
Very High
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
5,676
Very large
&
0.7%
4.3%
>>>>
422
Very High
  Rock Island-Moline Area
1,552
Very large
&
1.3%
5.7%
>>>>
116
Very High
  Rockford Area
3,049
Very large
&
0.9%
7.6%
>>>>
228
Very High
  Shawnee National Forest Area
3,482
Very large
&
0.8%
2.4%
>>>>
259
Very High
  Springfield Area
4,002
Very large
&
0.9%
4.7%
>>>>
299
Very High
  St Louis-Belleville Area
3,066
Very large
&
1.0%
6.4%
>>>>
229
Very High
  Vermilion County
955
Very large
&
0.9%
4.9%
>>>>
71
Very High
  Will County
889
Very large
&
-21.3%
9.1%
>>>>
39
High
United States
952,300
Very large
&
-6.5%
3.7%
>>>>
80,900
Very High
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.