£19,760 Average salary at age 20
£27,040 Average Salary
58 Average hours per week


Farm workers perform a variety of tasks, by hand and machine, to produce and harvest crops and to breed and rear cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry.

Main Tasks

  • Operates farm machinery to prepare soil, fertilise and treat crops;
  • Cultivates growing crops by hoeing, spraying and thinning as necessary;
  • Weighs and measures foodstuffs, feeds animals and checks them for any signs of disease;
  • Cleans barns, sheds, pens, yards, incubators and breeding units and sterilises milking and other equipment as necessary;
  • Treats minor ailments and assists veterinary surgeon as required;
  • Moves and handles livestock and tends them during birth and rearing of young;
  • Carries out maintenance on farm buildings, hedges, ditches and erects and repairs fences.


There are no minimum academic entry requirements. Training is typically received on-the-job, supplemented by vocational training at an agricultural college. A variety of NVQs/SVQs in Agriculture are available at Levels 1 and 2, together with BTEC diplomas and apprenticeships in some areas.

What Farm workers studied in higher education

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What Farm workers studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(W2) Design studies2
(C1) Biology4
(H3) Mechanical engineering4
(F1) Chemistry1
(C8) Psychology1
(W1) Fine art1
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments1
(W3) Music1
(D3) Animal science8
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(D4) Agriculture52
(Q3) English studies1
(H2) Civil engineering1
(W4) Drama1
(P2) Publicity studies1
(P5) Journalism1
(L1) Economics3
(N1) Business studies2
(X1) Training teachers1
(N4) Accounting1
(C6) Sport & exercise science6
(C3) Zoology2
(N2) Management studies1
(V1) History by period1
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering1
(I1) Computer science1

UK Prospects

29100 Workforce Size
0.86% Predicted decline 2024 - 2027
5868 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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