Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals (45-2093)

Occupation description:  Attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Includes workers who shear wool from sheep, and collect eggs in hatcheries.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 8288 7.31 23
United States 216,100209,100 -3.20 5,7505,750

Job outlook

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


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 12.908.639.75 11.7914.9918.86
Alaska 17.5810.2711.03 13.4323.3932.70

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
14239 27.529.1 20.9
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation24
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation2
UI claimants previously working in occupation8
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 169
Number of job position postings 921
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 0.2

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