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First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of agricultural crop or horticultural workers.   (O'Net 45-1011.07)

 
Reported job titles:   Agricultural and Forestry Supervisor, Agriculture Manager, Area Supervisor, Boom Boss, Boom Master, Christmas Tree Farm Crew Boss   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers which includes:
                          - First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers
                          - First-Line Supervisors of Aquacultural Workers
                          - First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers
                          - First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 12.74   $ 16.66   $ 21.07   $ 24.43   $ 29.23   $ 21.17  
    Yearly $26,500   $34,650   $43,810   $50,820   $60,800   $44,030  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 15.12   $ 17.27   $ 21.03   $ 24.49   $ 28.43   $ 20.93  
    Yearly $31,440   $35,920   $43,740   $50,940   $59,140   $43,540  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 11.64   $ 14.60   $ 19.67   $ 24.07   $ 28.43   $ 19.50  
    Yearly $24,210   $30,370   $40,910   $50,060   $59,130   $40,560  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 19.92   $ 21.03   $ 22.87   $ 26.76   $ 45.08   $ 26.62  
    Yearly $41,430   $43,730   $47,560   $55,650   $93,760   $55,360  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers which includes:
                                  - First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers
                                  - First-Line Supervisors of Aquacultural Workers
                                  - First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers
                                  - First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 345 357 0.3% 9
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers which includes:
                                - First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers
                                - First-Line Supervisors of Aquacultural Workers
                                - First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers
                                - First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Crop production 22.0%
    Animal production and aquaculture 21.7%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 20.1%
    Forestry and logging 13.7%
    Support activities for agriculture and forestry 4.8%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers
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  • Inspect crops, fields, or plant stock to determine conditions and need for cultivating, spraying, weeding, or harvesting.
     
  • Assign duties, such as cultivation, irrigation, or harvesting of crops or plants, product packaging or grading, or equipment maintenance.
     
  • Observe workers to detect inefficient or unsafe work procedures or to identify problems, initiating corrective action as necessary.
     
  • Review employees' work to evaluate quality and quantity.
     
  • Prepare and maintain time or payroll reports, as well as details of personnel actions, such as performance evaluations, hires, promotions, or disciplinary actions.
     
  • Plan or supervise infrastructure or collection maintenance functions, such as planting, fertilizing, pest or weed control, or landscaping.
     
  • Prepare reports regarding farm conditions, crop yields, machinery breakdowns, or labor problems.
     
  • Requisition or purchase supplies, such as insecticides, machine parts or lubricants, or tools.
     
  • Estimate labor requirements for jobs and plan work schedules accordingly.
     
  • Direct or assist with the adjustment or repair of farm equipment or machinery.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers  updated June 2007
     


    Knowledge
    for First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
     
  • Foreign Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers  updated June 2007
     


    Skills
    for First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers
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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers  updated June 2007
     


    Work Activities
    for First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers
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  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People - Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers  updated June 2007
     


    Interests
    for First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers
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  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers  updated June 2007
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers  updated June 2007
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Agricultural and Food Products Processing.
     
    • Agricultural Business and Management, Other.
     
    • Agricultural Production Operations, General.
     
    • Agricultural Production Operations, Other.
     
    • Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture. (NEW)
     
    • Agronomy and Crop Science.
     
    • Crop Production.
     
    • Farm/Farm and Ranch Management.
     
    • Plant Sciences, General.
     
    • Viticulture and Enology. (NEW)
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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