Career

Agriculture, Horticulture, & the Outdoors

 

Farm / Ranch Manager

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Manages operations at a farm or ranch. Directs crop production and management of livestock herds, and supervises farm workers who grow and harvest crops or tend to farm animals. Purchases supplies such as seed, fertilizer or animal feed, operates and repairs farm equipment, and maintains facilities. Monitors prices and adapts production as needed due to market changes, weather conditions or other factors.

Job Outlook

There were 149 Farm / Ranch Manager job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 4895 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Farm / Ranch Manager industry, which includes the Farm / Ranch Manager career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2010:

Salary

Many new Farm / Ranch Manager jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $41,364.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $45,153.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Farm / Ranch Manager postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $28,099.

Education and Experience

Posted Farm / Ranch Manager jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree5%
Bachelor's Degree26%
Master's Degree14%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other55%

Posted Farm / Ranch Manager jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years43%
3 to 5 years36%
6 to 8 years18%
9+ years3%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Farm / Ranch Manager positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (24%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (19%)
  • Physical Abilities (16%)
  • Organizational Skills (15%)
  • Planning (13%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Farm Management (23%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Repair (14%)
  • Cleaning (14%)
  • Budgeting (12%)
  • Scheduling (10%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Agronomy (7%)
  • Farm Equipment (6%)
  • Precision Agriculture (4%)
  • Fertilizers (3%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Farm / Ranch Manager skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Farm Manager
  • Climate Research Farm Manager
  • Plant
  • Farmer Market Vendor
  • Assistant Farm Manager

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Farm / Ranch Manager jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Bayer Corporation (205)
  • Pilgrims (177)
  • Farm Fresh To You (96)
  • American Express (45)
  • Full Circle (37)

North Carolina

  • Smithfield Foods (16)
  • Bayer Corporation (8)
  • Pilgrims (8)
  • Barker Lounge (4)
  • Hoffman Nursery Incorporated (3)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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