Occupation Profile for Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts, horticultural specialties, and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; cleaning, grading, sorting, packing and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities.


$16,540.00 Median Annual Wage 15,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
10.9 Average Unemployment Percentage 86.3 Percentage That Completed High School
603,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 9.7 Percentage That Had Some College
583,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 4.0 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Chore Boy
Chore Man
Chore Tender
Wage Hand
Weed Cutter
Weed Eradicator
Weed Thinner

Sources: Career Guide to Industries (CGI), Occupational Information Network (O*Net), Occupation Outlook Handbook (OOH)
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