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 $21,760 in May 2015 compared to the median annual wage for all occupations of $36,200.
|OCCUPATION||JOB SUMMARY||ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION||2015 MEDIAN PAY|
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||$20,090|
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||$28,100|
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||$26,190|
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||$36,210|
2015 Median Pay
The wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. Median wage data are from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics survey.
Typical level of education that most workers need to enter this occupation.
Publish Date: Thursday, December 17, 2015