Organic Farmers

Farmer Drives Machine in Field

Organic farmers manage farms that produce fruits, vegetables, herbs, dairy, or other products without the use of inorganic fertilizers and synthetic chemical herbicides, growth hormones, and synthetic pesticides. Depending on the size of the farm, organic farmers manage staff; handle crop production and schedules; work the land; operate and maintain machinery, and repair farm structures; take care of administrative tasks such as bookkeeping, tax reporting, phone calls, and e-mails; and market and promote the farm business.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Farm Managers, Farm Operators
Duties Raise crops, farm animals, and fish using organic production techniques
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in most regions, but the highest demand is in California, Iowa, Texas, Illinois, and Oregon
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Earth Science
Experience Volunteer or part-time experience recommended
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Technical
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Federal or State Level Organic Farm Specialist
  • Organic Farm Manager
  • Organic Farmer
  • Organic Farm Intern or Apprentice
  • Organic Farm Volunteer