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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Definitions - OES Occupational Classification System

Agricultural, Forestry, Fishing, and Related Occupations

First-Line Supervisors

72002 - First-Line Supervisors and Managers/Supervisors - Agricultural, Forestry, Fishing, and Related Workers

Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of agricultural, forestry, fishing, and related workers. May supervise helpers assigned to these workers. Managers/Supervisors are generally found in smaller establishments where they perform both supervisory and management functions, such as accounting, marketing, and personnel work, and may also engage in the same work as the workers they supervise. Exclude work leaders who spend 20 percent or more of their time at tasks similar to those of the employees under their supervision and report them in the occupations which are most closely related to their specific work duties.

Timber Cutting and Logging Occupations

73002 - Fallers and Buckers

Fell trees and saw into specified log lengths, working alone or as a member of a team.

73005 - Choke Setters

Fasten chokers around logs, preparing to yard them from felling and bucking area to storage or loading landing.

73008 - Log-Handling Equipment Operators

Operate log handling equipment to unload log trucks and gondolas or deck logs by species, size, and sort.

73011 - Logging Tractor Operators

Drive tractor equipped with one or more accessories, such as bulldozer blade, frontal hydraulic shear, grapple, logging arch, cable winches, hoisting rack, or crane boom, to fell tree, to skid, load and unload, or stack logs, or to pull stumps or clear brush.

73099 - All Other Timber Cutting and Related Logging Workers

All other timber cutting and related logging workers not classified separately above.

Other Agricultural, Forestry, Fishing, and Related Occupations

79002 - Forest and Conservation Workers

Develop, maintain, and protect forest, forested areas, and woodlands through such activities as raising and transporting tree seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to trees; and controlling erosion and leaching of forest soil. Include Forester Aides, Seedling Pullers, and Tree Planters.

79008 - Log Graders and Scalers

Grade logs or estimate the marketable content or value of logs or pulpwood in sorting yards, millpond, log deck, or similar locations. Inspect logs for defects or measure logs to determine volume. Exclude Log Inspectors who are primarily buyers.

79011 - Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition. Exclude Inspectors and Graders of processed agricultural products.

79015 - Animal Breeders

Breed livestock or pets, such as cattle, goats, horses, sheep, swine, dogs, and cats. Breed animals for purposes such as riding, working, or show; and for products such as milk, wool, meat, and hair. Select and breed animals according to knowledge of animals' genealogy, characteristics, and offspring.

79016 - Animal Trainers

Train animals for riding, harness, security, or obedience. Accustom animals to human voice and contact; and condition animals to respond to oral, hand, spur, and rein commands. Train animals according to prescribed standards for show or competition. May train animals to carry pack loads or work as part of pack team.

79017 - Animal Caretakers, Except Farm

Feed, water, groom, exercise, or otherwise care for small or large animals, fish, or birds in zoos, circuses, pounds, laboratories, animal hospitals, aquariums, kennels, or stables. Clean and repair cages, pens, or fish tanks. May administer tests to animals or give treatments to sick or injured animals. May keep records of feedings, tests, and treatments; and of animals received and discharged.

79021 - Farm Equipment Operators

Drive and control farm equipment to till soil and to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops.

79033 - Pruners

Prune and treat ornamental and shade trees and shrubs in yards and parks to improve their appearance, health, and value. Cut away dead and excess branches from trees using handsaws, pruning hooks, sheers, and clippers. May use truck-mounted hydraulic lifts and power pruners. May scrape decayed matter from cavities in trees and fill holes with cement to promote healing and prevent further deterioration. Exclude workers who also perform duties of Sprayers/Applicators or Lawn Maintenance Workers.

79036 - Sprayers/Applicators

Spray herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides on trees, shrubs, and lawns using hoses and truck-mounted tank. Fill sprayer tank with water and chemicals according to prescribed formula. May use portable spray equipment. Exclude workers who also perform duties of Lawn Maintenance Workers or Pruners.

79041 - Laborers, Landscaping and Groundskeeping

Landscape and/or maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. May work in nursery facility or at customer location. Workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, and sprinkler installation. Workers may help brick and stone masons.

79806 - Veterinary Assistants

Examine animals for veterinarian; prepare animals for surgery; perform post-operational medical treatment as needed; and give medications to animals. Usually works directly under veterinarian. Receive extensive training on the job and may also have some postsecondary education such as trade school or junior college.

79856 - Farmworkers, Food and Fiber Crops

Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest food and fiber products such as grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and field crops (e.g., cotton, mint, hops, and tobacco). Use hand tools such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying fungicides, herbicides, or pesticides; and packing and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities. Include workers involved in expediting pollination and those who cut seed tuber crops into sections for planting.

79858 - Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals

Attend to live farm or ranch animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, and poultry produced for animal products such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, milk, and eggs. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, castrating, branding, debeaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Include workers who tend dairy milking machines, shear wool from sheep, collect eggs in hatcheries, place shoes on animals' hooves, and tend bee colonies.

79999 - All Other Agricultural, Forestry, Fishing, and Related Workers

All other agricultural, forestry, fishing, and related workers not classified separately above.

1998 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

1998 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

1998 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

1998 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

Technical Notes and Survey Method and Reliability Statement for 1998 OES Estimates

Last modified: October 16, 2001