Managers in agriculture (NOC 0821)

Job titles

Nature of work

Managers in agriculture plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations and functions of farms. They are responsible for growing crops, raising and breeding livestock, poultry and other animals and marketing farm products. Managers in this unit group usually own and operate their own establishment.

Fields of interest

  • Developing and working with natural resources
  • Managing, organizing, administrating
  • Working for yourself
  • Working in nature or with animals

Main duties

  • Managers in agriculture perform some or all the following duties:
  • - Manage the overall operations of a farm, ranch or orchard
  • - Determine the amount and kinds of crops to be grown and livestock to be raised
  • - Organize and co-ordinate planting, cultivating and crop harvesting activities; raising and breeding of livestock and poultry
  • - Hire and manage farm personnel
  • - Establish a marketing program
  • - Develop and keep financial and production records
  • - Purchase farm machinery, livestock, seed, feed and other supplies
  • - Maintain farm machinery, equipment and buildings
  • - Perform farming duties.
  • * Managers in agriculture manage farms of various sizes which may specialize in particular crops such as wheat, apples or potatoes or raise particular livestock such as beef cattle, hogs or chickens.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Extensive farming experience, obtained as a farm supervisor or specialized crop or livestock worker or by working on a farm, is usually required.
  • * A university degree or college diploma in agricultural management or other field related to crop or livestock production may be required.

Skill type

  • Management occupations

Skill level

  • Professional