To work as a farm and ranch worker, you typically need to:
- complete short-term, on-the-job training; and
- have a driver's license if you are required to drive a truck.
Education after high school
No formal education is required for this job. However, many employers prefer that you have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Taking courses in a second language, such as Spanish, is very helpful.
Growing up on a farm is good work experience for this occupation. It is also helpful if you join clubs such as 4-H or the National FFA Organization while in high school.
Farm and ranch workers usually receive informal training on the job from experienced workers. On the job, you learn:
- how to handle animals or livestock;
- how to plant, tend, and harvest crops; and
- how to use and maintain equipment.
Training may last up to a month. Those who operate agricultural equipment, such as tractors, may receive additional training. It's important to remember that new skills are continually acquired as the seasons change.