In a typical work setting, farm and ranch workers:
- Have a low level of contact with others. When they do talk to others, they do so primarily by telephone and face-to-face discussions.
- Work as part of a team.
- Are responsible for the health and safety of others when working with farm machinery.
- Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other workers.
Physical Work Conditions
- Often work outdoors. Generally work indoors only when working with farm animals.
- Often are exposed to hazardous situations that produce cuts, bites, or stings.
- Sometimes are exposed to contaminants such as pesticides.
- Often are exposed to hazardous equipment.
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- Sometimes are exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures while working outside.
- Sometimes are exposed to very bright or dim lighting.
- Sometimes are exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable.
- Sometimes wear protective attire, such as gloves and work boots.
- Sometimes are exposed to hazardous conditions. The likelihood of even slight injury from this exposure is low.
- Often work in enclosed and open vehicles or equipment, such as trucks and tractors.
- Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Giving animals the wrong amount of medicine could hurt them.
- Must allow the work pace to be set by the speed of the equipment.
- Repeat the same physical and mental activities.
- Usually make decisions and set daily tasks and goals with considerable input from supervisors.
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- Must meet daily work requirements.
- May work part time or full time.
- Usually work more than eight hours per day during harvest times.
- Usually work six days per week.
- May take vacations during the winter, if growing seasonal crops.