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) projects employment for
Farm Workers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery and Greenhouse will grow about as fast as average and the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities. The CTDOL reports the average annual income, in Connecticut, as $37,290. The entry-level hourly rate is $10.87 and the average hourly rate is $17.93. Opportunities for advancement might include supervisory positions.