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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 242484 100.013 4178
United States 503,700509,200 1.118,500 57,70076,750

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 13.3611.0611.50 12.2314.3217.75
Alaska 15.5411.4812.93 14.6817.2920.90
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 16.8712.2013.77 16.1118.5522.76
Fairbanks North Star Borough 14.3110.6411.42 13.0315.6319.90
Balance of State 14.3912.7913.37 14.3315.2516.75

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
537127 23.625.3 21.8
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation112
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation0
UI claimants previously working in occupation34
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 459
Number of job position postings 54
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 8.5

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

Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Respiratory Protection