Farmer

Farmers and farm managers grow crops and raise livestock for food production.

Potential salary
£20,000 to £50,000
Working hours
39 to 41 variable
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • planning how the farm will run
  • setting budget and production targets
  • buying and selling animals or produce
  • keeping financial and stock records
  • recruiting, training and supervising staff

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in an office or on a farm.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

With experience, you could move into related areas, like agricultural advisory work for government bodies, consultancy or training.

You can find more on farming careers from Tasty Careers and the National Land Based College.

Data from National Careers Service.
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