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Contractors, Operators and Supervisors in Agriculture, Horticulture and Aquaculture

What they do?

Farmers and farm managers manage the operations of farms, ranches, and orchards. They grow crops and raise/breed farm animals and market farm products.

A. Agricultural and related service contractors and managers direct and co-ordinate services such as artificial insemination, livestock shearing, ploughing, cultivating, and harvesting.

B. Specialized livestock workers carry out feeding, health, and breeding programs for livestock. They may also supervise farm workers/labourers.

C. Nursery and greenhouse operators and managers direct and co-ordinate the activities of their staff who grow/market trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants.

D. Landscaping and grounds maintenance contractors and managers direct and co-ordinate the operations of landscaping, lawn care, tree, and other services.

E. Landscape and horticulture supervisors direct and co-ordinate the activities of associated workers.

F. Aquaculture operators and managers direct and co-ordinate the operations of facilities that cultivate and harvest fish, shellfish, and marine plants.

Where they find work?

1. Farms - 89.0%
2. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 4.0%
3. Arts entertainment and recreation - 2.0%
4. Support activities for farms - 1.0%
5. Public administration - 1.0%
6. Wholesale trade - 1.0%

What education do I need?

1. In general, you may need some high school education or a high school diploma.

2. You usually need a college diploma, and specialized training and experience in agriculture, livestock husbandry, aquaculture, landscaping or horticulture.

3. You may need a training certificate and a licencse in the province/territory where you'll work.

4. Almost 2 in 5 have a community college diploma and 2 in 5 have an undergraduate university degree.

High School Subject that will help:

1. English
2. Computer-related courses
3. Chemistry
4. Biology

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Contractors, Operators and Supervisors in Agriculture, Horticulture and Aquaculture is $15.33/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the primary industry sector and are below average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Contractors, Operators and Supervisors in Agriculture, Horticulture and Aquaculture wages

Expected Wage by Age

Contractors, Operators and Supervisors in Agriculture, Horticulture and Aquaculture Wage By Age

Unemployment:

2% of Contractors, Operators and Supervisors in Agriculture, Horticulture and Aquaculture are unemployed. This rate is below the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.

Unemployment

Contractors, Operators and Supervisors in Agriculture, Horticulture and Aquaculture Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Contractors, Operators and Supervisors in Agriculture, Horticulture and Aquaculture Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Contractors, Operators and Supervisors in Agriculture, Horticulture and Aquaculture is considered Below Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($15.33) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (2%) is below the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Below Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be average. The consolidation of farms, technological innovation, and low prices for agricultural products will likely continue to slow the demand for workers.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job openings will likely exceed the number of job seekers. This will not be significant enough to have an impact on the work prospects.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (10%) is below the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Co-ordinating skills

2. Communication skills

3. Supervising

Part Time Workers

Contractors, Operators and Supervisors in Agriculture, Horticulture and Aquaculture Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


15% of Contractors, Operators and Supervisors in Agriculture, Horticulture and Aquaculture are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 245,900 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 19% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Contractors, Operators and Supervisors in Agriculture, Horticulture and Aquaculture Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The relatively low percentage of younger workers suggests few entry-level job openings, and could point to a greater need for workers with experience or a number of years of training. The older-than-average worker (47) will likely be offset by a later retirement age (69) resulting in an average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

Contractors, Operators and Supervisors in Agriculture, Horticulture and Aquaculture Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 91% of Contractors, Operators and Supervisors in Agriculture, Horticulture and Aquaculture are self-employed. This is considered Above average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Contractors, Operators and Supervisors in Agriculture, Horticulture and Aquaculture Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


22% of the individuals employed as Contractors, Operators and Supervisors in Agriculture, Horticulture and Aquaculture are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.