Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations is the fastest declining occupational group, with employment projected to decline 6 percent from 2014 to 2024. Employment is projected to decline from about 972,100 to about 914,900, a loss of about 57,200 jobs. Rising costs have led to consolidation in the agriculture industry and this trend is expected to continue. Additionally, productivity enhancing technologies such as improved herbicides and better equipment enable firms to increase output while decreasing employment.
Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations was one of the lowest paid occupational groups with a median annual wage of $21,760 in May 2015 compared to the median annual wage for all occupations of $36,200.
Agricultural workers maintain the quality of farms, crops, and livestock by operating machinery and doing physical labor under the supervision of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers.
Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers operate establishments that produce crops, livestock, and dairy products.
Fishing and hunting workers catch and trap various types of animal life. The fish and wild animals they catch are for human food, animal feed, bait, and other uses.
Forest and conservation workers measure and improve the quality of forests. Under the supervision of foresters and forest and conservation technicians, they develop, maintain, and protect forests.
Logging workers harvest thousands of acres of forests each year. The timber they harvest provides the raw material for many consumer goods and industrial products.
Agricultural Inspectors inspect agricultural commodities, processing equipment and facilities, and fish and logging operations in order to ensure compliance with regulations and laws governing health, quality, and safety.
Farm labor contractors recruit and hire seasonal or temporary agricultural laborers. May transport, house, and provide meals for workers.
First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers directly supervise and coordinate the activities of agricultural, forestry, aquacultural, and related workers.
Forest and Conservation Technicians provide technical assistance regarding the conservation of soil, water, forests, or related natural resources.
Graders and Sorters (Agricultural Products) grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition.