Farmer and Rancher

Career Overview

Farmers and ranchers grow various crops and raise livestock for food or milk. Use the search box to find the video make by Mickey!


Although there is no formal educational requirement for being a farmer, completing a two-year college program or four-year bachelor’s degree in an agriculturally-related field would be very beneficial. Training in other skills such as welding may be very helpful because of all of the equipment that is constantly being used and needing to be maintained.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$30,000 /yr
$66,000 /yr
$126,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • Electronics
  • Business
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Welding
  • Communication
  • Environmental science
  • Trade-related courses
  • Technology - as much as possible!
  • Automotive Repair
  • Foreign Languages
Work Environment

Farmers work on farms - surprise!! Some of this work can be seasonal. Many farmers are self-employed. Long hours may be required during certain times of the year. This is not an office job! You need to be ready to spend a lot of time working outside, and you are likely to get dirty!

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada