Job Title
 Average Annual Income Projected Job Growth, 2012-22* Projected Job Openings, 2012-22
Agricultural Equipment Operators$27,740
20,200
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop$20,080
181,100
Nursery Workers$20,080
181,100
Agriculture and Food Science Technicians$37,010
10,100


*Projected Job Growth, 2012-2022 Key

Faster than average
(more than 15%)
Average
(8% to 14%)
Slower than average
(less than 7%)




Occupational Outlook Handbook: 


Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences includes a wide range of jobs that deal with different aspects of work with animals, plants, and farm operations. These can include jobs that focus on the business of farming, and jobs that deal directly with livestock, crops, and other plants. Most agriculture programs in the NYC area focus on ornamental horticulture, which can prepare students for jobs designing and maintaining plants and landscapes in a variety of settings.

Nursery Workers may work in retail centers or at a customer's home, focusing on planting or maintaining trees, shrubs, and other plants. Farmworkers, on the other hand, use a variety of tools to plant, maintain, and harvest fruits and vegetables on a farm. Although both jobs are similar in that they deal with plants and may require a lot of manual labor, the scale of the farm or nursery in question may vary greatly.

Agricultural Equipment Operators use machinery to plant, cultivate, and eventually harvest crops. They may also be involved in post-harvest processing, operating machinery that cleans or otherwise prepares crops for shipping and consumption.

Agricultural and Food Science Technicians may work behind the scenes, researching different ways to produce crops more efficiently, for example, or developing new methods of food processing, and packaging. They may also work to check the quality of current practices.