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Occupational Employment Statistics


45-2093 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals

Attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Includes workers who shear wool from sheep, and collect eggs in hatcheries.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 23031$16.02/hr$11.47/hr$14.02/hr$15.03/hr$18.68/hr$20.64/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining460$15.03/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities150$14.96/hr
Professional and Business Services40$17.86/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 20$12.14/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 30$15.16/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 60$14.87/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 70$14.87/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 70$17.23/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 70$15.03/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 80$15.11/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 120$18.75/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 130$18.73/hr-0.3%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 210$15.84/hr-6.1%
Central Minnesota 230$15.03/hr-14.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 320$15.84/hrN/A
Minnesota 760$15.58/hr-5.4%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 8,390$19.35/hr4.6%
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers 410$31.04/hr2.4%
Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation 1,180$21.37/hr5.1%

  • Collect, inspect, and place eggs in incubators, operate machines for egg washing, candling, and grading, and pack eggs in cartons.
  • Feed and water livestock and monitor food and water supplies.
  • Protect herds from predators, using trained dogs.
  • Inspect, maintain, and repair equipment, machinery, buildings, pens, yards, and fences.
  • Examine animals to detect illness, injury, or disease, and to check physical characteristics, such as rate of weight gain.
  • Patrol grazing lands on horseback or using all-terrain vehicles.
  • Patrol grazing lands on horseback or using all-terrain vehicles.
  • Clean stalls, pens, and equipment, using disinfectant solutions, brushes, shovels, water hoses, or pumps.
  • Drive trucks, tractors, and other equipment to distribute feed to animals.
  • Trim and shear poultry beaks, toes, and wings using debeaking machines, heated hand shears, or hot wires.