Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
Employment in farming, fishing, and forestry occupations is projected to show little or no change from 2016 to 2026. Projected increases in some agricultural worker occupations and for fishing and hunting workers will be offset by declines in logging occupations.
Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations was one of the lowest paid occupational groups, with a median annual wage of $24,390 in May 2017 compared to the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690.
|OCCUPATION||JOB SUMMARY||ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION||2017 MEDIAN PAY|
Agricultural workers maintain crops and tend to livestock. They perform physical labor and operate machinery under the supervision of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers.
|See How to Become One||$23,730|
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||$28,530|
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||$27,650|
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||$38,840|
2017 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.
Last Modified Date: Friday, April 13, 2018