Farm Animal Caretakers
On the Job
Farm Animal Caretakers attend to farm, ranch, or water animals. This may include cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, horses, fish, or bees. They may feed, water, herd, brand, or otherwise handle animals. They may maintain records.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Clean equipment or facilities.
- Prepare materials or solutions for animal or plant use.
- Transport animals, crops, or equipment.
- Package agricultural products for shipment or further processing.
- Remove skin or other body parts from animals.
- Mark agricultural or forestry products for identification.
- Maintain operational records.
- Operate farming equipment.
- Examine animals to detect illness, injury or other problems.
- Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
Typical Working Conditions
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Working outdoors exposed to weather.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Working with a group or team.
- Exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
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