Agriculture Workers

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Agriculture Workers

Agriculture Workers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, farm and ranch workers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • 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.

Work Performance

  • 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.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.