Workers in this occupation may manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts, horticultural specialties, and field crops. 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 pesticides; cleaning, grading, sorting, packing and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities.
Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) designates the job category for Farm Workers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery and Green house as an In Demand Job Openings occupation in our State. A 12.4% growth in these types of jobs is projected by 2020. The CTDOL also reports the average annual income as $27,269. Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers are also projected to grow by 8.9% by 2020 and their annual salary is $48,495.