Bureau of Labor Statistics

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations

Employment in farming, fishing, and forestry occupations is projected to grow 3 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations. About 26,600 new jobs are projected to be added. 

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations was one of the lowest paid occupational groups, with a median annual wage of $29,670 in May 2020 compared to the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950.

BLS provides summary data, including employment projections, for farming, fishing, and forestry occupations not shown in the table on this page. That information is available on the Data for Occupations Not Covered in Detail page.

  Occupation Job Summary Entry-Level Education 2020 MEDIAN PAY
Agricultural workers Agricultural Workers

Agricultural workers maintain crops and tend livestock.

See How to Become One $28,900
Fishers and related fishing workers Fishing and Hunting Workers

Fishing and hunting workers catch and trap various types of animal life.

No formal educational credential The annual wage is not available.
Forest and conservation workers Forest and Conservation Workers

Forest and conservation workers measure and improve the quality of forests.

High school diploma or equivalent $30,640
Logging workers Logging Workers

Logging workers harvest forests to provide the raw material for many consumer goods and industrial products.

High school diploma or equivalent $42,350
Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/farming-fishing-and-forestry/home.htm (visited September 26, 2021).

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021

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