A farmer works on a farm or owns one, performing all the duties required for the proper development of that farm’s produce. The term is a broad one, as there are different types of farms with their own specific procedures involved – animal farms, crop farms, etc. Crop farmers perform duties such as watering, preparing the soil, planting the produce and harvesting it, while an animal farmer is responsible for the upbringing of the animals on the farm and the collection of their produce. In some cases, an animal farmer may also perform a butcher’s duties, when the farm is a small-scale one, though in most cases they’ll simply submit the animals to a dedicated butcher.
Becoming a farmer doesn’t usually require a higher degree of education, though having studied farming-related subjects at a specialized school can be highly beneficial, especially when complicated heavy-duty machinery is involved in the job. Most farmers prefer to work at a farm for several years until they’ve built up enough experience, and afterwards open up their own farm and eventually hire workers.
The earnings for a farmer aren’t strictly defined and are dependent on numerous factors, from the type of farm, to its size and the experience of the farmer – as well as their ownership over the farm. The lowest rates seen in recent years are around $20,000, while the highest ones exceed $100,000 and are not uncommon for farmers running their own operations with a small number of employees.