Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse (45-2092)

Occupation description:  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; or cleaning, grading, sorting, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities. Excludes Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products (45-2041) and Forest, Conservation, and Logging Workers (45-4011 through 45-4029).

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 218262 20.24 611
United States 470,200427,300 -9.10 12,52012,520

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is strong with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 11.459.3510.00 10.5811.8614.87
Alaska 14.3511.0412.83 14.2716.0618.23

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
532124 23.325.3 20.8
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation123
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation0
UI claimants previously working in occupation37
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 411
Number of job position postings 81
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 5.1

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: No formal educational credential Work experience: None On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Respiratory Protection (NSTC and OSHA Offered)