Agricultural service contractors, supervisors and livestock specialists

Agricultural service contractors, supervisors and livestock specialists

NOC
8252

- Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers

Provide services under contract, such as livestock breeding, soil preparation, planting or harvesting; are employed to supervise farm workers; or specialize in livestock care and breeding.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Undetermined
Undetermined

3 Year Job Openings

9
 

Median Hourly Wage

$17.00
$13.00
Low
$22.00
High

Median Salary

$36,662
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

175
 

% Working Full Time

90%
 

% Working Full Year

64%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Agricultural service contractors, who own and operate their own businesses, provide agricultural services such as livestock and poultry breeding, soil preparation, crop planting, crop spraying, cultivating or harvesting. Farm supervisors supervise the work of general farm workers and harvesting labourers. Specialized livestock workers carry out feeding, health and breeding programs on dairy, beef, sheep, poultry, swine and other livestock farms.

Main Duties

Agricultural service contractors perform some or all the following duties:

  • Provide agricultural livestock services such as artificial insemination, spraying or shearing of livestock or disinfecting pens, barns or poultry houses
  • Provide agricultural crop services such as plowing, irrigating, cultivating, spraying or harvesting
  • Assist in the development and implementation of farm safety and bio-security procedures
  • Hire and train workers
  • Negotiate the terms of services to be provided
  • Maintain financial and operational records
  • May participate in the provision of services or in the operation of machinery and equipment.

Farm supervisors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Co-ordinate, assign and supervise the work of general farm workers and harvesting labourers
  • Supervise and oversee breeding and other livestock-related programs
  • Supervise, monitor and enforce procedures to maintain animal and crop health and welfare
  • Supervise and oversee growing and other crop-related operations
  • Supervise maintenance of infrastructure, equipment, and supplies
  • Develop work schedules and establish procedures
  • Ensure farm safety, food safety and security and bio-security procedures are followed
  • Maintain quality control and production records
  • May perform general farm duties.

Farm supervisors may specialize in areas such as dairy, poultry, swine, beef, sheep, equine, fruit, vegetable, mixed or other specialty farming.
Specialized livestock workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Formulate feeding programs
  • Implement pasture or pen breeding programs
  • Follow safety and bio-security procedures
  • Recognize and treat certain livestock health problems
  • Maintain livestock performance records
  • Select livestock for sale
  • Train horses
  • Perform general farm duties
  • May supervise general farm workers.

Specialized livestock workers usually specialize in one type of farm animal such as beef cattle, dairy cattle, poultry or swine.

Also Known As

  • artificial insemination service contractor
  • artificial inseminator
  • cattle herdsperson
  • crop dusting contractor
  • crop harvesting service contractor
  • dairy herdsperson
  • farm foreman/woman
  • farm supervisor
  • feedlot foreman/woman
  • hog operation supervisor
  • horse trainer
  • livestock breeding service contractor
  • pork production technician
  • poultry farm foreman/woman
  • ranch foreman/woman
  • swine herdsperson
  • vegetable farm foreman/woman
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Agricultural service contractors usually require a university degree, college diploma or industry courses in agricultural studies and several years of experience related to the service offered.
  • Contractors providing certain services, such as artificial insemination and pesticide application, may require training certificates and provincial licensing.
  • Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers may require a college certificate or other specialized training in agriculture or livestock husbandry.
  • A course or certificate in first aid may be required.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

24.6%
Female
75.4%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

13.2%
15-24
15.8%
25-34
34.2%
35-44
10.5%
45-54
18.4%
55-64
7.9%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

Data legend

19.1%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
38.1%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
7.1%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
21.4%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
14.3%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

74.4%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
5.1%
Wholesale trade
5.1%
Retail trade
15.4%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

12.50%
Northeast
22.50%
Southeast
35.00%
Southwest
15.00%
Central
15.00%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

N/A
Northeast
$40,563
Southeast
$36,726
Southwest
$53,968
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$36,662

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$47,631

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$36,662

Newfoundland

$38,165

Prince Edward Island

$38,167

Nova Scotia

$23,199

Canada

$29,868
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

9
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

0
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

9
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

27
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-4
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

30