Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers (NOC 8252)

About this job

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, hog and other livestock farms.

Common job titles
  • aerial crop dusting
  • agriculture
  • animal farm
  • irrigation / soil testing
  • livestock exchange
  • livestock farm workers
  • aerial crop dusting
  • agriculture
  • animal farm
  • attendant, herd feedlot
  • boss, farm / stable
  • caponizing service

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$31,221

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))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Agricultural service:

  • 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:

  • coordinate and supervise the work of general farm workers and harvesting labourers
  • supervise breeding programs and harvest operations
  • develop work schedules and set up procedures
  • maintain quality control and production records
  • perform general farm duties

Specialized livestock workers:

  • put together a feeding program
  • maintain livestock performance records
  • carry out a pasture or pen breeding program
  • recognize and treat certain livestock health problems
  • select livestock for sale
  • perform general farm duties
  • may supervise general farm workers and harvesting labourers

Special duties

Farm supervisors may specialize in dairy, poultry, swine, beef, sheep, fruit, vegetable, mixed, specialty and equine farms.

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

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a controlled indoor setting, however in some areas temperatures may vary.
  • Work also takes place outdoors in various weather conditions.
  • Workers may also be exposed to infectious bacteria and viruses as a result of treating sick animals.
  • Working with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools can be a source of injury.
  • The workplace may contain strong odours.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • 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.

Skills

  • Manual Dexterity
  • Directive
  • Spatial Perception
  • Social
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Education programs in B.C.

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

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
10
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
570
Average annual employment growth:
0.8%
Expected number of job openings:
200
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
10
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
160
Average annual employment growth:
1.9%
Expected number of job openings:
80
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
50
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

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