Managers in agriculture (NOC 0821)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Managers in agriculture plan, organize, direct control and evaluate the operations and functions of farms.

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Managers in agriculture are responsible for:

  • growing crops
  • raising and breeding livestock, poultry and other animals
  • marketing farm products
Common job titles
  • apiarist / apiculturist / beekeeper
  • beef / egg / poultry
  • breeder, animal - domestic / livestock
  • cereal / oilseed / grain / wheat
  • farm / hatchery / kennel
  • farmer (except nursery and fish farm)


Farmers and farm managers perform some or all the following duties:

  • manage the overall operation of a farm, ranch or orchard
  • decide the amount and kinds of crops to be grown and livestock to be raised
  • plant, cultivate and harvest crops
  • raise and breed livestock and poultry
  • hire and supervise farm workers
  • create a marketing program
  • purchase farm machinery, livestock, seed, feed and other supplies
  • maintain farm machinery, equipment and buildings
  • develop and keep financial and production records

Special duties

Farmers and farm managers may manage farms specialized in particular crops such as wheat, apples or potatoes or raise particular livestock such as beef cattle, hogs or chickens.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place both indoors and outdoors, so workers may be exposed to various weather conditions.
  • Workers use machinery, tools and heavy farm equipment, such as tractors, which can pose the risk of injury.
  • Strong odours are common on a farm.
  • Farmers may be exposed to chemicals, dust and sand in the workplace.
  • Workers may also be exposed to infectious bacteria and viruses as a result of treating sick animals.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

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