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General farm workers plant, cultivate and harvest crops, raise livestock and poultry and maintain and repair farm equipment and buildings. This group includes operators of farm machinery. General farm workers are employed on crop, livestock, fruit, vegetable and specialty farms.
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- Plant, fertilize, cultivate, spray, irrigate and harvest crops
- Feed and tend livestock and poultry
- Milk cows
- Operate and maintain farm machinery and equipment
- Detect disease and health problems in crops, livestock and poultry
- Examine produce for quality and prepare for market
- Set and monitor water lines, air flow and temperature in barns, pens and chicken coops
- Clean stables, barns, barnyards and pens.
General farm workers can become specialized in a particular type of crop or livestock production through experience.
Outlook & Prospects for General Farm Workers in Fredericton--Oromocto
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Fredericton--Oromocto||(2 of 3 stars)||2012-06-14|
Currently the chances of qualified General Farm Workers finding employment are considered to be fair in the local area.
Employment opportunities for General Farm Workers may vary in different communities across the province. You may want to check for specific opportunities in your community. Also, people who are able to work elsewhere may want to research the opportunities for this occupation in other areas of New Brunswick or in other provinces across the country.
According to the most recent (2006) Census, this is a medium-sized occupational group with a labour force of 320, and an unemployment rate (6%) that is below the average (8%) for all occupations in the area. Also, the average age of general farm workers is 40, which is approximately equal to the average age (40) of all occupations.
According to the most recent Canadian Occupational Projections System (COPS) Forecast, the average annual employment growth rate for this occupation is below the average for all occupations in New Brunswick. Many of the jobs in this occupation can be found in the Agriculture industry.
Local employers have reported difficulty attracting General Farm Workers. It should be noted, however, that the greatest demand comes during the peak times of harvesting and production. Demand for this occupation is influenced greatly by seasonality. Recruitment is complicated by the fact that general farm work is unattractive to many individuals with its relative low wage and hard physical working conditions.
Hours during harvesting periods tend to be long which leads to another issue which many employers feel limit their options for finding qualified labour. Employers feel that current Employment Insurance regulations create an additional barrier to hiring in that they tend to penalize part-time or seasonal workers.
The number of non-seasonal positions has been declining as a result of an increased emphasis on mechanization within the farming industry. However, this has also created an increase in demand for more skilled labour, individuals who possess the knowledge to operate the new machinery.
The Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick has been promoting the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program to its members to assist in providing enough labour supply to meet demand.
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