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Job Family: Animal Husbandry & Related
Benchmark Title: Animal Breeders
Animal Breeders breed animals, including cattle, goats, horses, sheep, swine, poultry, dogs, cats, or pet birds.
Select and breed animals according to their genealogy, characteristics, and offspring. May require a knowledge of
artificial insemination techniques and equipment use. May involve keeping records on heats, birth intervals, or
pedigree. Excludes Nonfarm Animal Caretakers who may occasionally breed animals as part of their other caretaking
duties. Also excludes Animal Scientists whose primary function is research.
 
Benchmark Title: Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals
Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals care for live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle,
sheep, swine, goats, horses, poultry, finfish, shellfish, and bees. The animals are usually raised to supply such
products as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. The farmworkers∆ duties may include feeding,
watering, herding, grazing, castrating, branding, debeaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. On dairy
farms, farmworkers operate milking machines; they also may maintain records on animals, examine animals to detect
diseases and injuries, assist in delivering animals at their birth, and administer medications, vaccinations, or
insecticides as appropriate. Daily duties of such farmworkers include cleaning and maintaining animal housing
areas.
 
 
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Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Agricultural Equipment Operators
Agricultural equipment operators operate a variety of farm equipment used in plowing, sowing, maintaining, and
harvesting agricultural products. The equipment may include tractors, fertilizer spreaders, haybines, raking
equipment, balers, combines, and threshers, as well as trucks. These farmworkers also operate machines used in
moving and treating crops after their harvest, such as conveyor belts, loading machines, separators, cleaners, and
dryers. In addition, they may make adjustments and minor repairs to equipment. When not operating machines,
agricultural equipment operators may perform other farm duties that are not typical of other farmworkers.
 
Benchmark Title: Agricultural Inspectors
Agricultural inspectors, another type of agricultural worker, are employed by Federal and State governments to
ensure compliance with laws and regulations governing the health, quality, and safety of agricultural commodities.
Inspectors also make sure that the facilities and equipment used in processing the commodities meet quality
standards. Meat safety is one of their prime responsibilities, and they try to ensure that the meat we eat is free
of harmful ingredients or bacteria. In meat-processing facilities, inspectors may collect samples of suspected
diseased animals or materials and send the samples to a laboratory for identification and analysis. They also may
inspect livestock to help determine the effectiveness of medication and feeding programs. Some inspectors are
stationed at export and import sites to weigh and inspect agricultural shipments leaving and entering the country,
to ensure the quality and quantity of the shipments. A few work at logging sites, making sure that safety
regulations are enforced.
 
Benchmark Title: Animal Trainers
Animal Trainers train animals for riding, harness, security, performance, or obedience, or assisting persons with
disabilities. Accustom animals to human voice and contact; and condition animals to respond to commands. Train
animals according to prescribed standards for show or competition. May train animals to carry pack loads or work as
part of pack team.
 
Benchmark Title: Farmworkers and Laborers Crop, Nursery and Greenhouse
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse perform numerous activities related to growing and
harvesting grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, fiber, trees, shrubs, and other crops. Among their activities are
planting and seeding, pruning, irrigating, harvesting, and packing and loading crops for shipment. Farmworkers also
apply pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers to crops; repair fences; and help with irrigation. Nursery and
greenhouse workers prepare land or greenhouse beds for growing horticultural products, such as trees, plants,
flowers, and sod. Their duties include planting, watering, pruning, weeding, and spraying the plants. They may cut,
roll, and stack sod; stake trees; tie, wrap, and pack plants to fill orders; and dig up or move field-grown and
containerized shrubs and trees.
 
 
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Benchmark Title: Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
Graders and sorters of agricultural products examine agricultural commodities being prepared to be packed for
market and classify them according to quality or size guidelines. They grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food
and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition and discard inferior or defective products.
For example, graders sort eggs are by color and size and also examine the fat content, or marbling, of beef,
assigning a grade of Prime, Choice, or something else, as appropriate. The grade that is assigned determines the
price at which the commodity may be sold.
 
 
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Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Forest and Conservation Technicians
Forest and Conservation Technicians compile data pertaining to size, content, condition, and other characteristics
of forest tracts, under direction of foresters; train and lead forest workers in forest propagation, fire
prevention and suppression. May assist conservation scientists in managing, improving, and protecting rangelands
and wildlife habitats, and help provide technical assistance regarding the conservation of soil, water, and related
natural resources.
 
Benchmark Title: Forest and Conservation Workers
Forest and conservation workers perform a variety of tasks to reforest and conserve timberlands and maintain forest
facilities, such as roads and campsites. Some forest workers, called tree planters, use digging and planting tools
called dibble bars and hoedads to plant seedlings to reforest timberland areas. Forest workers also remove diseased
or undesirable trees with power saws or handsaws, spray trees with insecticides and fungicides to kill insects and
to protect against disease, and apply herbicides on undesirable brush and trees to reduce competing vegetation.
Forest workers in private industry usually work for professional foresters and paint boundary lines, assist with
prescribed burning, and aid in marking and measuring trees by keeping a tally of those examined and counted. Forest
workers who work for State and local governments or who are under contract to the Federal Government also clear
away brush and debris from camp trails, roadsides, and camping areas under their employers∆ jurisdiction.
 
Benchmark Title: Log Graders and Scalers
Log graders and scalers inspect logs for defects, measure logs to determine their volume, and estimate the
marketable content or value of logs or pulpwood. These workers often use hand-held data collection terminals to
enter data about individual trees; later, the data can be downloaded or sent from the scaling area to a central
computer via modem.
 
Benchmark Title: Loggging Equipment Operators
Logging equipment operators on a logging crew perform a number of duties. They use tree harvesters to shear the
tops off of trees, cut and limb the trees, and then cut the logs into desired lengths. They drive tractors mounted
on crawler tracks called crawlers, and self-propelled machines called skidders or forwarders, which drag or
transport logs from the felling site in the woods to the log landing area for loading. They operate grapple
loaders, which lift and load logs into trucks, and tree fellers or shears, which cut the trees. Some logging
equipment operators use tracked or wheeled equipment similar to a forklift to unload logs and pulpwood off of
trucks or gondola railroad cars, usually in a sawmill or a pulp-mill woodyard. Some newer, more efficient logging
equipment is now equipped with state-of-the-art computer technology, requiring more skilled operators with more
training.
 
 
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Job Family: Vetrinary
Benchmark Title: Veterinary Assistants
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for
signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages
and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine post-operative care,
administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of
veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists.
 
Benchmark Title: Veterinary Technicians and Technologists
Veterinary technologists and technicians typically conduct clinical work in a private practice under the
supervision of a veterinarian often performing various medical tests along with treating and diagnosing medical
conditions and diseases in animals. For example, they may perform laboratory tests such as urinalysis and blood
counts, assist with dental prophylaxis, prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, or assist veterinarians in a
variety of tests and analyses in which they often utilize various items of medical equipment, such as test tubes
and diagnostic equipment. While most of these duties are performed in a laboratory setting, many tasks are not. For
example, some veterinary technicians obtain and record patient case histories, expose and develop x-rays, and
provide specialized nursing care.
 
Benchmark Title: Vetrinarians
Veterinarians play a major role in the healthcare of pets, livestock, and zoo, sporting, and laboratory animals.
Some veterinarians use their skills to protect humans against diseases carried by animals and conduct clinical
research on human and animal health problems. Others work in basic research, broadening the scope of fundamental
theoretical knowledge and, in applied research, developing new ways to use knowledge. Most veterinarians perform
clinical work in private practices. More than one-half of these veterinarians predominately, or exclusively, treat
small animals. Small-animal practitioners usually care for companion animals, such as dogs and cats, but also treat
birds, reptiles, rabbits, and other animals that can be kept as pets. About one-fourth of all veterinarians work in
mixed animal practices where they see pigs, goats, sheep, and some nondomestic animals, in addition to companion
animals.
 
 
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