Agriculture Workers


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Occupation is in demand for the following regions: Career Cluster
110100
100313
Agriculture Workers

Agriculture Workers - 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

Many farm and ranch workers work only part of the year. Workers are in demand from spring to fall, but not in winter. About half as many farm and ranch workers are employed during the winter. Farm and ranch worker jobs are available in all areas of the country.

Major employers:

  • Commercial farms
  • Agriculture worker supply services

Outlook

Demand for farm and ranch workers is expected to show little to no change. Technological advances in farm machinery have produced machines that plant and harvest fields. Farms that have these machines need fewer workers to operate them. As more small farms are sold to large farming companies, machines will be used on more land.

Job openings will become available as current workers leave this occupation for various reasons. Some employment for farm and ranch workers is seasonal. In part, this is due to the low pay and the high level of physical labor in this occupation. Job prospects will be best for those who speak English and Spanish.

Farm and Ranch Workers (CIS 100313)

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Illinois
12,413
Large
&
0.3%
5.8%
>>>>
1,876
Very High
  Champaign Area
699
Very large
&
0.0%
7.0%
>>>>
103
Very High
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
945
Very large
&
0.2%
5.0%
>>>>
143
Very High
  Cook County
1,406
Medium
&
-3.3%
5.6%
>>>>
202
Moderate
  Decatur Area
279
Very large
&
-1.1%
7.0%
>>>>
41
Very High
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
601
Large
&
-0.3%
9.7%
>>>>
90
Very High
  Du Page County
412
Medium
&
0.2%
5.4%
>>>>
64
High
  Edwardsville Area
280
Large
&
1.8%
5.1%
>>>>
42
Very High
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
202
Very large
&
3.5%
7.0%
>>>>
32
Very High
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
164
Large
&
-10.4%
5.2%
>>>>
22
High
  Lake County
323
Large
&
-4.3%
8.6%
>>>>
46
High
  McHenry County
289
Very large
&
4.5%
6.8%
>>>>
45
Very High
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
315
Very large
&
0.0%
6.8%
>>>>
47
Very High
  Northwest Illinois Area
1,052
Very large
&
0.9%
3.6%
>>>>
161
Very High
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
1,156
Very large
&
3.6%
7.3%
>>>>
182
Very High
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
977
Very large
&
-0.5%
4.3%
>>>>
145
Very High
  Rock Island-Moline Area
308
Very large
&
-0.3%
5.7%
>>>>
46
Very High
  Rockford Area
549
Very large
&
1.6%
7.6%
>>>>
84
Very High
  Shawnee National Forest Area
560
Very large
&
0.4%
2.4%
>>>>
85
Very High
  Springfield Area
701
Very large
&
0.1%
4.7%
>>>>
105
Very High
  St Louis-Belleville Area
553
Very large
&
0.4%
6.4%
>>>>
83
Very High
  Vermilion County
180
Very large
&
1.7%
4.9%
>>>>
27
Very High
  Will County
313
Large
&
-10.9%
9.1%
>>>>
42
High
United States
882,200
Very large
&
1.0%
3.7%
>>>>
129,500
Very High
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.