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Tractor driver

Tractor drivers operate farm machinery used to plough fields, plant seeds, and spray and harvest crops.

Potential salary
£16,000 to £30,000
Working hours
60 to 62 seasonal
  • knowledge of food production methods
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to work on your own
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

You'll be:

  • discussing work schedules with the farm manager
  • carrying out equipment and machinery checks
  • inputting instructions into the cab’s control panels
  • ploughing fields and sowing seeds
  • spraying crops with fertilisers and pesticides
  • harvesting vegetable, cereal and non-food crops
  • using baling machines to bind crops and hay ready for storage
  • maintaining hedges and roadside verges with tractor cutting attachments
  • carrying out basic maintenance and repairs

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

You could work on a farm.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers, cramped, noisy, physically demanding and dusty.

You can take further training to operate a wider range of machinery, which will increase your job prospects.

With experience, you could become an agricultural contractor, machinery engineer or farm manager.

You can find out more about working in farming from Tasty Careers.

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