General farm workers

General farm workers

NOC
8431

Plant, cultivate and harvest crops, raise livestock and poultry, operate and repair farm equipment and maintain buildings.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

136
 

Median Hourly Wage

$16.00
$11.70
Low
$22.11
High

Median Salary

$13,355
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

1,668
 

% Working Full Time

76%
 

% Working Full Year

39%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

General farm workers plant, cultivate and harvest crops, raise livestock and poultry and maintain and repair farm equipment and buildings. This group includes operators of farm machinery. General farm workers are employed on crop, livestock, fruit, vegetable and specialty farms.

Main Duties

General farm workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Plant, fertilize, cultivate, spray, irrigate and harvest crops
  • Feed and tend livestock and poultry
  • Milk cows
  • Perform or assist in performing breeding activities of farm animals
  • Operate and maintain farm machinery and equipment
  • Follow food safety and security and animal bio-security procedures
  • Detect disease and health problems in crops, livestock and poultry
  • Examine produce for quality and prepare for market
  • Set and monitor water lines, air flow and temperature in barns, pens and chicken coops
  • Maintain or assist in the maintenance of facilities and farm infrastructure including cleaning stables, barns, barnyards and pens.

General farm workers can become specialized in a particular type of crop or livestock production through experience.

Also Known As

  • beef cattle farm worker
  • cattle ranch labourer
  • dairy farm worker
  • farm machinery operator
  • general farm worker
  • grain farm worker
  • harvester machine operator
  • hatchery worker
  • poultry farm worker
  • vegetable farm worker
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • There are no specific education or training requirements. However, a college certificate or specialized courses related to farming, such as farm equipment mechanics, agricultural welding, tree pruning and pesticide application, are available.
  • Basic farm knowledge, usually obtained from working on a family farm, may be required for employment.
  • 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

29.3%
Female
70.7%
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

26.9%
15-24
11.9%
25-34
14.8%
35-44
19.4%
45-54
21.5%
55-64
5.4%
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.

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35.3%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
42.3%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
7.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
10.3%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
5.2%
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

87.6%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
4.7%
Manufacturing
1.8%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
6.0%
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.

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17.10%
Northeast
15.50%
Southeast
13.20%
Southwest
10.10%
Central
44.00%
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.

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$22,615
Northeast
$14,473
Southeast
$27,535
Southwest
$13,337
Central
$13,368
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.

Northeast

$18.52
$12.50
Low
$22.00
High

Southeast

$16.00
$11.70
Low
$21.50
High

Southwest

$16.00
$11.70
Low
$22.11
High

Central

$14.89
$11.70
Low
$20.00
High

Northwest

$17.25
$12.00
Low
$24.33
High
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

$13,355

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$33,602

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

New Brunswick

$13,355

Newfoundland

$15,876

Prince Edward Island

$17,414

Nova Scotia

$12,942

Canada

$16,238
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

136
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-39
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

175
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

372
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-181
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

554