Agriculture Workers

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Agriculture Workers

Agriculture Workers - Preparation

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.

Work experience

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.

On-the-job training

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.

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