Beekeepers, also known as apiarists, care for and raise honeybees for commercial and agricultural purposes, such as honey production and crop pollination. Their duties might include assembling beehives and other equipment, buying and selling bees, establishing settlements close to pollination-dependent crops, transporting wild beehives to a central location, raising queen bees, and harvesting and selling honey. Beekeepers may work on farms or small plots of land to raise bees to assist in the production of grain and other agricultural crops. It is said that one-third of food production in the United States depends on bees. Beekeeping may be a full-time job, a "sideline" job, or a hobby. Beekeepers usually work alone or as a member of a small team.

Quick Facts
Duties Care for and raise honeybees for commercial and agricultural purposes
Alternate Title(s) Apiarists
Salary Range Below $25,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Poor
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the U.S., but honey production is highest in California, Florida, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Earth Science
Experience Experience as an assistant or hobbyist
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Owner of a Large Beekeeping Operation
  • Professional Beekeeper
  • Beekeeping Hobbyist

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