CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Animal Husbandry & Related
Benchmark Title: Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Includes workers who shear wool from sheep, and collect eggs in hatcheries. Feed and water livestock; and monitor food and water supplies.
 
Drive trucks, tractors, and other equipment to distribute feed to animals.
 
Examine animals to detect illness, injury, or disease, and to check physical characteristics, such as rate of weight gain.
 
Provide medical treatment, such as administering medications and vaccinations; or arrange for veterinarians to provide more extensive treatment.
 
Mix feed, additives, and medicines in prescribed portions.
 
Inspect, maintain, and repair equipment, machinery, buildings, pens, yards, and fences.
 
Move equipment, poultry, or livestock from one location to another, manually or using trucks or carts.
 
Clean stalls, pens, and equipment, using disinfectant solutions, brushes, shovels, water hoses, and/or pumps.
 
Mark livestock to identify ownership and grade, using brands, tags, paint, or tattoos.
 
Herd livestock to pastures for grazing or to scales, trucks, or other enclosures.
 
Shift animals between grazing areas to ensure that they have sufficient access to food.
 
Order food for animals, and arrange for its delivery.
 
Perform duties related to livestock reproduction, such as breeding animals within appropriate timeframes, performing artificial inseminations, and helping with animal births.
 
Milk animals such as cows and goats, by hand or using milking machines.
 
Segregate animals according to weight, age, color, and physical condition.
 
Patrol grazing lands on horseback or using all-terrain vehicles.
 
Maintain growth, feeding, production, and cost records.
 
Groom, clip, trim, and/or castrate animals; dock ears and tails; and/or shear coats to collect hair.
 
Spray livestock with disinfectants and insecticides; or dip or bathe animals.
 
Collect, inspect, and place eggs in incubators; operate machines for egg washing, candling, and grading; and pack eggs in cartons.
 
Protect herds from predators, using trained dogs.
 
Trim and shear poultry beaks, toes, and wings using debeaking machines, heated hand shears, or hot wires.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Animal Husbandry & Related
Benchmark Title: Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Animal Husbandry & Related
Benchmark Title: Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Animal Husbandry & Related
Benchmark Title: Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Animal Husbandry & Related
Benchmark Title: Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
BCL Landview Systems WinCrop Data base user interface and query software
 
Farm Works Software Trac Data base user interface and query software
 
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
All terrain vehicles ATV All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled
 
Animal hair clippers Animal shearing or clipping equipment
 
Animal hair trimmers Animal shearing or clipping equipment
 
Animal trailers Livestock trailers
 
Animal vaccination syringes Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories
 
Automated feed batch mixers Feed mixers
 
Automatic watering devices Animal watering machines
 
Backhoes Backhoes
 
Balling guns Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories
 
Blood drawing syringes Blood collection syringes
 
Castration equipment Veterinary castration instruments
 
Cattle chutes Animal husbandry equipment
 
Cattle prods Animal husbandry equipment
 
Claw hammers Hammers
 
Debeakers Animal husbandry equipment
 
Dehorners Animal husbandry equipment
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Disinfectant sprayers Hand sprayers
 
Dust and particulate respirators Respirators
 
Ear taggers Livestock identification equipment
 
Egg candlers Egg inspection or collecting equipment
 
Egg grading machines Egg inspection or collecting equipment
 
Egg washing machines Egg inspection or collecting equipment
 
Electronic animal scales Animal weighing scales
 
Farm trucks Light trucks or sport utility vehicles
 
Feed conveyors Conveyor screw
 
Feed trailers Animal husbandry equipment
 
Feed wagons Animal husbandry equipment
 
Fumigators Fog or mist generators
 
Grease guns Grease guns
 
Hand trucks Hand trucks or accessories
 
Hoof trimmers Veterinary nail trimmers or cutters
 
Horse bridles Bridles
 
Horse saddles Saddles
 
Insecticide sprayers Hand sprayers
 
Insemination syringes Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Milking equipment sterilizers Animal husbandry equipment
 
Milking machines Milking machines
 
Multipurpose tractors Agricultural tractors
 
Nail trimmers Veterinary nail trimmers or cutters
 
Nebulizers Nebulizers or accessories
 
Post hole diggers Post hole digger
 
Poultry incubators Incubators or brooders for poultry
 
Power drills Power drills
 
Power saws Power saws
 
Shovels Shovels
 
Skid steer loaders Skid steer loaders
 
Snowplows Snowplow attachments
 
Tail dockers Animal husbandry equipment
 
Veterinary intravenous IV sets Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Animal Husbandry & Related
Benchmark Title: Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
 
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Related Work Experience None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Animal Husbandry & Related
Benchmark Title: Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Animal Care Taker
Animal Feeder
Animal Herder
Animal Husbandry Worker
Animal Keeper
Aquaculture Worker
Aquatic Laborer
Aquatic Life Laborer
Artificial Breeding Distributor
Bait Digger
Barn Hand
Barn Worker
Bee Keeper
Bee Robber
Bee Tender
Bee Worker
Beekeeper
Bottler
Breeder Hen Service Technician
Breeding Technician
Broodmare Barn Groom
Brush Cutter
Buccaro
Caponizer
Care Taker
Castrator
Cattle Alley Worker
Cattle Brander
Cattle Care Worker
Cattle Dehorner
Cattle Dipper
Cattle Driver
Cattle Feeder
Cattle Sprayer
Chick Room Supervisor
Chicken Catcher
Chicken Dresser
Chicken Handler
Chicken Hatchery Helper
Chicken Picker
Chicken Tender
Chicken Vaccinator
Chopper
Chore Tender
Chore Worker
Chute Man
Cow Puncher
Cow Rider
Cow Tender
Cow Washer
Cowboy
Cowpuncher
Dairy Farm Worker
Dairy Farmer
Dairy Farmworker
Dairy Feed Worker
Dairy Hand
Dairy Worker
Dairyman
Debeaker
Dipper
Ditch Cleaner
Ditch Digger
Ditch Rider
Ditch Tender
Ditcher
Dude Wrangler
Egg Gatherer
Egg Setter
Exercise Rider
Farm Hand
Farm Helper
Farm Laborer
Farm Rancher
Farm or Ranch Animal Caretaker
Farmer
Farming
Farrowing Worker
Feed Grinder
Fence Builder
Fence Erector
Fence Installer
Fence Post Driver
Fence Rider
Field Aide
Field Broomer
Field Hand
Field Handyman
Field Hauler
Field Worker
Firebreak Cutter
Fish Farm Laborer
Fish Hatchery Assistant
Fish Hatchery Man
Fish Hatchery Worker
Fish, Frog, or Oyster Farmer
Fleece Tier
Frog or Oyster Farmworker
Game Farm Helper
General Farmer
Goat Herder
Groom
Groomer
Hand
Handyman
Hatchery Attendant
Hatchery Employee
Hatchery Helper
Hatchery Laborer
Hatchery Man
Hatchery Worker
Hay Buckler
Hay Stacker
Herder
Herdsman
Hired Hand
Hired Help
Hired Man
Hired Worker
Hog Handler
Honey Extractor
Horse Groomer
Horse Wrangler
Horses or Mules Teamster
Hose Sprayer
Husbandry Person
Incubator Machine Operator
Incubator Operator
Incubator Tender
Inoculator
Insemination Worker
Jackaroo
Kennel Worker
Laborer
Lamber
Land Clearer
Lead Rider
Line Rider
Livestock Caretaker
Livestock Farmer
Livestock Farmworker
Livestock Feeder
Livestock Handler
Livestock Laborer
Livestock Ranch Hand
Livestock Yard Attendant
Loader
Machine Egg Washer
Machine Milker
Milk Bottler
Milk House Worker
Milker
Milking Machine Operator
Milking Worker
Milkman
Mule Driver
Mustanger
Pack Mule Worker
Pen Rider
Pole Setter
Portable Track Line Marker
Portable Trackman
Poultry Cleaner
Poultry Culler
Poultry Debeaker
Poultry Dresser
Poultry Farm Laborer
Poultry Farmer
Poultry Farmworker
Poultry Hatchery Laborer
Poultry Hatchery Man
Poultry Picker
Poultry Pinner
Poultry Service Technician
Poultry Tender
Poultry Vaccinator
Poultryman
Ranch Hand
Ranch Helper
Range Rider
Rat Poisoner
Rat Trapper
Rider
Sheep Herder
Sheep Shearer
Shepherd
Shrimp Pond Laborer
Silo Filler
Soft Crab Shedder
Sorting Cows Worker
Sorting Livestock Worker
Sow Farm Barn Technician
Spooner
Stable Attendant
Stable Cleaner
Stable Hand
Stable Helper
Stallion Keeper
Stock Driver
Stock Feeder
Teamster
Truck Driver
Turkey Egg Gatherer
Turkey Picker
Turkey Pinner
Vaccinator
Vaquero
Wage Hand
Wool Sacker
Worm Farm Laborer
Worm Packer
Worm Picker
Wrangler
Yard Worker
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Animal Husbandry & Related
Benchmark Title: Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals
 
 
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