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Crop Farm Workers perform routine tasks in producing crops such as fruit, nuts, grains, vegetables and mushrooms.
Performs routine tasks on a fruit or nut farm such as cultivating and fertilising soil, and planting, irrigating and pruning crops. May spray chemicals on crops to treat disease and pests.
Specialisations: Orchard Worker
Harvests fruit and nuts and prepares produce for distribution.
Performs routine tasks on a grain, oilseed protein, or pasture farm such as cultivating and fertilising soil, and planting and irrigating crops. May spray chemicals on crops to treat disease and pests.
Performs routine tasks on a vegetable farm or market garden such as cultivating and fertilising soil, and planting and irrigating crops. May spray chemicals on crops to treat disease and pests.
Harvests vegetables and prepares produce for distribution.
Performs routine tasks on a vineyard such as cultivating and fertilising soil, planting, training and pruning vines, and picking grapes.
Harvests mushrooms and prepares produce for distribution.
Includes Coffee Plantation Worker, Flower Buncher or Picker, Hop Farm Worker, Lavender Farm Worker, Sugar Cane Planter, Tea Plantation Worker, Tea Tree Farm Worker, Turf Farm Worker
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a large occupation employing 30,700 workers. The number of workers has grown very strongly over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow strongly to 33,900. Around 29,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job. Around one in three workers have Year 12 as their highest level of education.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Crop Farm Workers who are reliable, hardworking and physically fit.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Recruiting and training people. Managing pay and other entitlements like sick and holiday leave. Negotiating pay and conditions.
Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Planning and coordination of people and resources.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Controlling equipment or systems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Changing what is done based on other people's actions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-2092.02 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop.
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Operate machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?
How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?
How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?
How often do you talk with people face-to-face?
How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.