Also known as Baler Operator, Cutter Operator, Equipment Operator, Farm Equipment Operator, Hay Baler, Loader Operator, Packing Tractor Machine Operator, Rake Operator, Sprayer, Windrower Operator
Also known as Baler Operator, Cutter Operator, Equipment Operator
Agricultural Equipment Operators drive and control equipment to support agricultural activities such as tilling soil; planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops; feeding and herding livestock; or removing animal waste.
In addition, Agricultural Equipment Operators
Agricultural Equipment Operators are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Agricultural Equipment Operators. More generally, Agricultural Equipment Operators are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for an Agricultural Equipment Operator is $32,750, and the average salary is $34,070. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Agricultural Equipment Operator salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Agricultural Equipment Operators earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Agricultural Equipment Operators earn less than $21,860 per year, 25% earn less than $27,850, 75% earn less than $39,340, and 90% earn less than $47,890.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Agricultural Equipment Operators is expected to change by 12.9%, and there should be roughly 11,700 open positions for Agricultural Equipment Operators every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as an Agricultural Equipment Operator are usually higher in their Realistic interests.
Agricultural Equipment Operators typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as an Agricultural Equipment Operator tend to value Support, Independence, and Achievement.
Most importantly, Agricultural Equipment Operators moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Agricultural Equipment Operators somewhat value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Agricultural Equipment Operators somewhat value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Agricultural Equipment Operators must consistently demonstrate qualities such as persistence, dependability, and cooperation.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Agricultural Equipment Operators, ranked by importance:
Working as an Agricultural Equipment Operator may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Agricultural Equipment Operators need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Agricultural Equipment Operators may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as mechanical, public safety and security, or mathematics knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Agricultural Equipment Operators might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Agricultural Equipment Operators must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Agricultural Equipment Operators need abilities such as control precision, multilimb coordination, and near vision in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Agricultural Equipment Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Agricultural Equipment Operators frequently use skills like operation and control, operations monitoring, and troubleshooting to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Agricultural Equipment Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
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