First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers

Overview
Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Experience

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

Education

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Job Training

Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

Examples

These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.

Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of agricultural, forestry, aquacultural, and related workers.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $31K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $38K
Median Salary: $50K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $66K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $83K

Demand
Career Demand by State Career Demand by State Legend
Core Tasks

Assign tasks such as feeding and treatment of animals, and cleaning and maintenance of animal quarters.

Record the numbers and types of fish or shellfish reared, harvested, released, sold, and shipped.

Monitor workers to ensure that safety regulations are followed, warning or disciplining those who violate safety regulations.

Observe animals for signs of illness, injury, or unusual behavior, notifying veterinarians or managers as warranted.

Observe fish and beds or ponds to detect diseases, monitor fish growth, determine quality of fish, or determine completeness of harvesting.

Train workers in tree felling or bucking, operation of tractors or loading machines, yarding or loading techniques, or safety regulations.

Train workers in spawning, rearing, cultivating, and harvesting methods, and in the use of equipment.

Treat animal illnesses or injuries, following experience or instructions of veterinarians.

Train workers in techniques such as planting, harvesting, weeding, or insect identification and in the use of safety measures.

Communicate with forestry personnel regarding forest harvesting or forest management plans, procedures, or schedules.

Confer with managers to evaluate weather or soil conditions, to develop plans or procedures, or to discuss issues such as changes in fertilizers, herbicides, or cultivating techniques.

Inspect crops, fields, or plant stock to determine conditions and need for cultivating, spraying, weeding, or harvesting.

Coordinate dismantling, moving, and setting up equipment at new work sites.

Coordinate the selection and movement of logs from storage areas, according to transportation schedules or production requirements.

Schedule work crews, equipment, or transportation for several different work locations.

Drive or operate farm machinery, such as trucks, tractors, or self-propelled harvesters, to transport workers or supplies or to cultivate or harvest fields.

Perform both supervisory and management functions, such as accounting, marketing, and personnel work.

Transport or arrange for transport of animals, equipment, food, animal feed, and other supplies to and from work sites.

Inspect buildings, fences, fields or ranges, supplies, and equipment to determine work to be performed.

Read inventory records, customer orders, or shipping schedules to determine required activities.

Confer with managers to determine production requirements, conditions of equipment and supplies, and work schedules.

Inspect facilities to determine maintenance needs.

Prepare and maintain time or payroll reports, as well as details of personnel actions, such as performance evaluations, hires, promotions, or disciplinary actions.

Requisition or purchase supplies, such as insecticides, machine parts or lubricants, or tools.

Issue equipment, such as farm implements, machinery, ladders, or containers to workers, and collect equipment when work is complete.

Monitor or oversee construction projects, such as horticultural buildings or irrigation systems.

Calculate or monitor budgets for maintenance or development of collections, grounds, or infrastructure.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Accounting software
Sage 50 Accounting
Calendar and scheduling software
Work scheduling software
Data base user interface and query software
Data entry software
Electronic mail software
Microsoft Outlook
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Midwest MicroSystems Cow Sense
Expert system software
Valley Agricultural Software Feed Watch
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Inventory management software
TradeTec Computer Systems TallyWorks Logs
Map creation software
Mapping software
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Project management software
Confluence
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Time accounting software
Payroll software
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Agricultural and forestry and landscape machinery and equipment
Milking equipment
Batteries and generators and kinetic power transmission
Gas-powered generators
Cleaning and janitorial supplies
Tank cleaning brushes
Communications Devices and Accessories
Two way radios
Computer Equipment and Accessories
Portable data collectors
Consumer electronics
Geodetic ground global positioning system GPS receivers
Fishing and aquaculture equipment
Video scanning fish counters
Hand tools
Long handle shovels
Heavy construction machinery and equipment
Tracked bulldozers
Industrial pumps and compressors
Air compressors
Industrial refrigeration
Blast chillers
Janitorial equipment
Squeegees
Laboratory and scientific equipment
Total dissolved solids TDS meters
Laboratory supplies and fixtures
Irrigation pipettes
Marine transport
Small power boats
Mass transfer equipment
Grain dryers
Material handling machinery and equipment
Hoisting racks
Measuring and observing and testing instruments
pH indicators
Motor vehicles
Light pickup trucks
Patient care and treatment products and supplies
Blood drawing syringes
Personal safety and protection
Dust and particulate respirators
Photographic or filming or video equipment
Video camera systems
Respiratory and anesthesia and resuscitation products
Nebulizers
Saddlery and harness goods
Horse saddles
Vehicle bodies and trailers
Mud sleds
Veterinary equipment and supplies
Nail trimmers
Water and wastewater treatment supply and disposal
Ultraviolet water purification systems
Watersports equipment
Scuba diving equipment
Top 10 Knowledge Required
Administration and Management
76%
Importance

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Production and Processing
69%
Importance

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Mechanical
66%
Importance

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Education and Training
65%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

English Language
64%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Customer and Personal Service
63%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Biology
62%
Importance

Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Public Safety and Security
60%
Importance

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Personnel and Human Resources
59%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Mathematics
58%
Importance

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Top 10 Skills
Active Listening
76%
Importance

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Judgment and Decision Making
75%
Importance

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Monitoring
75%
Importance

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Critical Thinking
74%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Management of Personnel Resources
74%
Importance

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Speaking
74%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Coordination
73%
Importance

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Time Management
72%
Importance

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Social Perceptiveness
69%
Importance

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Operations Monitoring
66%
Importance

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Top 10 Abilities
Oral Expression
78%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Oral Comprehension
77%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Problem Sensitivity
77%
Importance

The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Deductive Reasoning
75%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Inductive Reasoning
74%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Information Ordering
72%
Importance

The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Near Vision
72%
Importance

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Speech Clarity
71%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Far Vision
70%
Importance

The ability to see details at a distance.

Speech Recognition
70%
Importance

The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Top 10 Work Activities
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
81%
Importance

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Getting Information
81%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
81%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
80%
Importance

Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
78%
Importance

Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
78%
Importance

Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
76%
Importance

Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Controlling Machines and Processes
75%
Importance

Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
75%
Importance

Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

Handling and Moving Objects
75%
Importance

Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

Detailed Work Activities

Assign duties or work schedules to employees.

Record agricultural or forestry inventory data.

Inspect products or operations to ensure that standards are met.

Monitor animal behavior or condition.

Train workers in farming, forestry, or hunting techniques.

Treat animal injuries or illnesses.

Confer with managers to make operational decisions.

Communicate with other workers to coordinate activities.

Evaluate quality of plants or crops.

Coordinate forestry or agricultural activities.

Schedule agricultural or forestry work.

Operate farming equipment.

Direct activities of agricultural, forestry, or fishery employees.

Transport animals, crops, or equipment.

Inspect equipment or facilities to determine condition or maintenance needs.

Monitor organizational processes.

Maintain personnel records.

Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.

Monitor financial activities.

Maintain forestry, hunting, or agricultural equipment.

Direct technical activities or operations.

Monitor operational quality or safety.

Majors
Major
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management
Agricultural Business and Management, Other
Agricultural Production Operations, General
Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production
Aquaculture
Crop Production
Dairy Husbandry and Production
Horse Husbandry/Equine Science and Management
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
Apiculture
Agricultural Production Operations, Other
Agricultural and Food Products Processing
Greenhouse Operations and Management
Plant Nursery Operations and Management
Animal Sciences, General
Dairy Science
Livestock Management
Poultry Science
Animal Sciences, Other
Viticulture and Enology
Plant Sciences, General
Agronomy and Crop Science
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
Forestry, General
Forest Resources Production and Management
Interests
Enterprising
93%
Importance

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Realistic
84%
Importance

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Conventional
62%
Importance

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Social
35%
Importance

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Investigative
34%
Importance

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Artistic
16%
Importance

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Top 10 Work Styles
Dependability
90%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Attention to Detail
82%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Integrity
81%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Cooperation
79%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Initiative
79%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Leadership
79%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Independence
78%
Importance

Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Self Control
77%
Importance

Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Adaptability/Flexibility
76%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Stress Tolerance
76%
Importance

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Work Values
Independence
74%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Support
66%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Achievement
65%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Relationships
62%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Working Conditions
61%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Recognition
53%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.