£20,000 Starter - £50,000 Experienced
39 to 41 variable (evenings / weekends / bank holidays flexibly)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a university course
a college course
working towards this role
You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:
agriculture, land management, farm business management or crop and livestock production. Courses and qualifications are available through agricultural colleges as well as universities.
You'll usually need 1 or 2 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma. 2 to 3 A-Levels, or the equivalent, are needed for a degree.
You could start your career in farming by doing a course at agricultural college like a Level 2 Certificate in Land-based Activities or a Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture. This would teach you some of the skills and knowledge needed in this job.
You'll usually need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), for a Level 2 course. You'll need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a Level 3 course.
You could get farming experience through Apprenticeships relevant to this role like a Level 2 Stockperson, a Level 2 Poultry worker, a Level 3 Poultry technician or a Level 3 Crop technician apprenticeship role.
You'll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for a Level 2 (intermediate) apprenticeship. You'll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for a Level 3 (advanced) apprenticeship.
You can get valuable experience and move into farm management by working as a supervisor, dairy or arable unit manager, or assistant manager.
You could also take qualifications on the job like the Level 4 Certificate in Work-based Agricultural Management.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to work well with others
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work on your own
physical skills like movement, coordination and dexterity
- excellent verbal communication skills
- thinking and reasoning skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day tasks will depend on whether you work with animals (livestock), farming
crops (arable farming) or a mixture of the two. Typically you will:
- plan how the farm will run
- set budget and production targets
- make sure the farm follows health and safety standards and farming regulations
- do practical tasks like feeding and checking the health of livestock, fertilising or harvesting crops or maintaining farm equipment
- buy and sell animals or produce
- keep financial and stock records
- recruit, train and supervise farm workers
You could work on a farm or in an office.
Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could move into related areas, like agricultural advisory work for government bodies, consultancy or training.