Managers in agriculture (NOC 0821)

About this job

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Managers in agriculture:

  • plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations and functions of farms.
  • are responsible for growing crops, raising and breeding livestock, poultry and other animals
  • market farm products

Managers in this group usually own and operate their own establishment.

Common job titles
  • apiarist / apiculturist / beekeeper
  • beef / egg / poultry
  • breeder, animal - domestic / livestock
  • fruit / grape
  • fruit farm / grain farm
  • gardener, market
  • apiarist / apiculturist / beekeeper
  • beef / egg / poultry
  • breeder, animal - domestic / livestock
  • cereal / oilseed / grain / wheat
  • farm / hatchery / kennel
  • farmer (except nursery and fish farm)


Annual provincial median salary


Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

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Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report


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.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • 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.


  • Spatial Perception
  • Finger Dexterity
  • Motor Coordination
  • General Learning Ability
  • Object-Oriented
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Agriculture Related

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