Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations is the fastest declining occupational group, with employment projected to decline 6 percent from 2014 to 2024. Employment is projected to decline from about 972,100 to about 914,900, a loss of about 57,200 jobs. Rising costs have led to consolidation in the agriculture industry and this trend is expected to continue. Additionally, productivity enhancing technologies such as improved herbicides and better equipment enable firms to increase output while decreasing employment.

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations was one of the lowest paid occupational groups with a median annual wage of $20,250 in May 2014 compared to the median annual wage for all occupations of $35,540.

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Agricultural workers

Agricultural Workers

Agricultural workers maintain the quality of farms, crops, and livestock by operating machinery and doing physical labor under the supervision of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers.

See How to Become One $19,330
Fishers and related fishing workers

Fishing and Hunting Workers

Fishing and hunting workers catch and trap various types of animal life. The fish and wild animals they catch are for human food, animal feed, bait, and other uses.

No formal educational credential $32,530
Forest and conservation workers

Forest and Conservation Workers

Forest and conservation workers measure and improve the quality of forests. Under the supervision of foresters and forest and conservation technicians, they develop, maintain, and protect forests.

High school diploma or equivalent $27,160
Logging workers

Logging Workers

Logging workers harvest thousands of acres of forests each year. The timber they harvest provides the raw material for many consumer goods and industrial products.

High school diploma or equivalent $35,160

Publish Date: Thursday, December 17, 2015