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Agriculture

Farmer

Farmers and farm managers grow crops and raise livestock for food production.

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £50,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

39 to 41 variable

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; flexibly

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • planning how the farm will run
  • setting budget and production targets
  • buying and selling animals or produce
  • keeping financial and stock records
  • recruiting, training and supervising staff

Working environment

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in an office or on a farm.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
University

You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • agriculture
  • land management
  • farm business management
  • crop and livestock production

Courses and qualifications are available through agricultural colleges as well as universities.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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College

You could start your career in farming by doing a course at agricultural college like:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Land-based Activities
  • Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture

This would teach you some of the skills and knowledge needed in this job.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
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Apprenticeship

You can work towards this role through an advanced apprenticeship in agriculture.

This will usually take 18 months to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.

You could do a higher apprenticeship in agricultural business management if you already have a lot of farming experience.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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Work

You can get valuable experience and move into farm management by working as a supervisor, dairy or arable unit manager, or assistant manager.

You could also take qualifications on the job like the Level 4 Certificate in Work-based Agricultural Management.

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Further information

You can find more on farming careers from Tasty Careers and the National Land Based College.

With experience, you could move into related areas, like agricultural advisory work for government bodies, consultancy or training.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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