Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Includes workers who shear wool from sheep, and collect eggs in hatcheries.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $25,600.00
Average Time to Fill 51 days
Typical Education High school equivalency
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 6,190
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 2.71 %

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Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Information Gathering
Critical Thinking
Resource Allocation

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Performing General Physical Activities

Care for plants or animals
Treat animal injuries or illnesses
Provide animal health care
Slaughter animals, fish, or poultry
Harvest agricultural or aquacultural crops
Apply herbicides, fertilizers, or pesticides
Groom animals for beautification or health
Handle wild, domestic, or farm animals
Provide food and water to wild, domestic, or farm animals
Train wild, domestic, or farm animals
Build pens, yards, cages, and other enclosures
Construct wooden frameworks or structures
Repair pens, yards, or cages
Repair wooden frameworks or structures
Clean rooms, floors, or facilities in agricultural, farming, or forestry settings
Move materials, equipment, or supplies

Handling and Moving Objects

Remove skin or other body parts from animals
Cut meat products
Tan animal pelts
Grind meats such as beef, pork, poultry, or fish
Preserve meat, poultry, or fish
Mix chemicals safely according to instructions
Prepare materials or solutions for animal or plant use
Package agricultural products for shipment or further processing
Package goods for shipment or storage
Maintain proper level, amount, and quality of animal feed
Operate portable hand spray equipment
Sew materials by hand
Maintain inventories of materials, products, or goods

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

Classify materials or products according to specifications
Identify plant diseases
Classify plants, animals, or other natural phenomena
Brand animals for identification
Identify animal or insect species
Identify characteristics of livestock, domestic animals, and other animals
Mark agricultural or forestry products for identification
Select animals to be bred

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Breed animals to propagate stock or to develop new type
Inseminate animals using Artificial Insemination (AI)
Perform animal euthanasia
Control animal and plant diseases through sanitation, cleanliness, and management procedures
Identify animal disease or parasites
Identify insect disease or parasites
Solve animal breeding problems

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