Agriculture

Career Ladder

Learn About The Agriculture Career Path

Advance your skills and learn what it takes to move up the Agriculture Career Ladder!

Each career level contains information about hourly wages, job descriptions, main job duties, examples of job titles, general skills, and links to educational courses and training opportunities.

If you have further questions about local labour market information, email helpdesk@wdb.ca or visit wdb.ca.

* Many other career paths branch out from apprenticeship within the agriculture industry.

Entrepreneurs / Business Owners

MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE
Varies

Agricultural Representatives, Consultants & Specialists

$31.09

Agricultural & Fish Product Inspectors

$25.71

Farm Supervisors & Service Contractors

$20.37

General Farm Workers

$15.66

Apprenticeships can lead to careers in agriculture. It is also possible to enter this career path directly.

Apprenticeship*

$21.00

Apprenticeship

Hourly
Wages

Low
$15.50

Median
$21.00

High
$24.00

what you do

What is Apprenticeship?

  • A pathway to a rewarding career in the trades that require a high level of skill, judgement and creativity
  • A combination of on-the-job training & in-school learning
  • An opportunity to earn an hourly wage while learning from experienced workers
  • A 2-5 year process wherein apprentices work for a year, then switch to studying in class for 8-12 weeks
  • 144 trades in Ontario that support mechanical, electrical, automotive, manufacturing, building and service industries

Skills

Technical Skills
Judgement
Creativity

Examples of Trades with Apprenticeships

Agricultural Equipment Technician
Dairy Herdsperson
Swine Herdsperson
Fruit Grower

Education & Training Resources

MINISTRY OF LABOUR, TRAINING AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

SKILLED TRADES ONTARIO

FLEMING COLLEGE

ONTARIO YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

SUPPORT ONTARIO YOUTH

General Farm Workers

Hourly
Wages

Low
$15.50

Median
$15.66

High
$18.79

General Farm Workers phone

Main Job Duties

  • Plant, fertilize, cultivate, spray, irrigate and harvest crops
  • Operate and maintain farm machinery and equipment
  • Assist in the maintenance of facilities including cleaning stables, barns, barnyards and pens
  • May feed and care for livestock, determine feed portions, estimate feed requirements and costs, and monitor and order supplies

Skills

Teamwork Reliability
Problem Solving Flexibility
Attention To Detail

Job Title Examples

Orchard Worker
Dairy Farm Labourer
Hatchery Worker

Education & Training Resources

SECONDARY SCHOOL
Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)* – Agriculture, Environment

* Subject to availability

SERVICE PROVIDERS
Find your local employment service provider here or adult education and training provider here and contact them for current training programs such as:

  • Apprenticeship Preparation
  • Better Jobs Ontario
  • Employment Readiness
  • Sector-Focused Career Training
  • Pathways To Prosperity
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Online Job Posts

Online job posting numbers are generated using NOC code classifications and may not reflect the exact number of search results for this occupation.

Agricultural Representatives, Consultants & Specialists

Hourly
Wages

Low
$24.99

Median
$31.09

High
$40.35

Agricultural Representatives Consultants and Specialists Phone

Main Job Duties

  • Provide counselling and advisory services to farmers
  • Prepare and conduct advisory information sessions and lectures for farmers and other groups
  • Conduct research, analyze agricultural data and prepare research reports
  • Liase with researchers, educators and government or business managers on matters pertaining to farming and agriculture
  • Maintain records of services provided and the effects of advice given

Skills

Research
Interpersonal Skills
Time Management
Organization
Work Independently

Job Title Examples

Agricultural Consultant
Agrologist
Crop Specialist

Education & Training Resources

A bachelor’s or master’s degree in agriculture or related science is required. Membership in the provincial institute of agrology may be required.

ONTARIO TOURISM EDUCATION CORPORATION

TRENT UNIVERSITY
Post-Secondary Education

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Online Job Posts

Online job posting numbers are generated using NOC code classifications and may not reflect the exact number of search results for this occupation.

Farm Supervisors & Service Contractors

Hourly
Wages

Low
$15.50

Median
$20.37

High
$26.16

Farm Supervisors and Service Contractors Phone

Main Job Duties

  • Coordinate, assign and supervise the work of general farm workers and harvesting labourers
  • Supervise, monitor and enforce procedures to maintain animal and crop health and welfare
  • Hire and train workers, maintain financial and operational records, and maintain quality control
  • Supervise maintenance of infrastructure, equipment and supplies

Skills

Teamwork
Attention To Detail
Mechanical Aptitude
Quality Control
Customer Service

Job Title Examples

Farm Lead Hand
Herdsperson
Livestock Breeding Service Contractor

Education & Training Resources

Workers in these occupations usually require a college diploma or a university degree and several years experience related to the field. Contractors providing certain services may require specific training certificates and provincial licensing.

SERVICE PROVIDERS
Find your local employment service provider here or adult education and training provider here and contact them for current training programs such as:

  • Apprenticeship Preparation
  • Better Jobs Ontario
  • Employment Readiness
  • Sector-Focused Career Training

TRENT UNIVERSITY
Post-Secondary Education

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Online Job Posts

Online job posting numbers are generated using NOC code classifications and may not reflect the exact number of search results for this occupation.

Agricultural & Fish Product Inspectors

Hourly
Wages

Low
$20.76

Median
$25.71

High
$33.89

Agricultural and Fish Products Inspectors

Main Job Duties

  • Inspect fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables at inspection centres and prepare reports on crop production and market conditions
  • Inspect and grade all classes of grain at terminal elevators and monitor the fumigation of infested grain
  • Examine storage, handling and transportation equipment to ensure that sanitary procedures are followed
  • Monitor the operations and sanitary conditions of slaughtering and meat processing plants and inspect carcasses to ensure they are fit for human consumption

Skills

Attention To Detail
Food Safety Reliability
Flexibility
Oral Communication

Job Title Examples

Grain Inspector
Dairy Products Inspector
Crop Certification Inspector

Education & Training Resources

Completion of a college program in a related discipline or several years of experience in food preparation or service are required.

SERVICE PROVIDERS
Find your local employment service provider here or adult education and training provider here and contact them for current training programs such as:

  • Apprenticeship Preparation
  • Better Jobs Ontario
  • Sector-Focused Career Training

TRENT UNIVERSITY
Post-Secondary Education

#
Online Job Posts

Online job posting numbers are generated using NOC code classifications and may not reflect the exact number of search results for this occupation.

Entrepreneurs / Business Owners

Approximately 50 new agriculture businesses are launched annually in the WDB Region.

entrepreneurs and business owners what you do phone

Main Job Duties

  • Creating and managing a business plan, ongoing research and planning, hiring staff, creating policies, and forecasting
  • Maintaining business accounts, payments processing, taxes and general bookkeeping
  • Develop marketing campaigns, manage social media and conduct other marketing activities
  • Respond to customer service inquiries, including answering phone calls and emails to build a positive reputation for the business

Skills

Work Independently
Customer Service
Organization Accounting
Time Management

Job Title Examples

Small Business Owner
Franchisee

Education & Training Resources

ONTARIO SUMMER COMPANY
Grant for students aged 15 to 29 to start a new summer business
STARTER COMPANY PLUS
Grant for Canadians 18+ to start a new business or grow a business that has been in operations for fewer than five years
COMMUNITY FUTURES
Financing, mentorship and community support for local small businesses
Wage data comes from Lightcast (2021.3).
Job posting data is from WDB Local Jobs Hub (WDB Region, 2022).

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