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Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop - 45-2092.02

O*NET-SOC Description

Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; cleaning, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Farm Laborer
  • Farm Worker
  • Field Irrigation Worker
  • Field Worker
  • Harvester
  • Hired Hand
  • Hoe Worker
  • Irrigator
  • Orchard Worker
  • Picker

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Apply pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers to crops.
  • Clear and maintain irrigation ditches.
  • Dig and plant seeds, or transplant seedlings by hand.
  • Direct and monitor the work of casual and seasonal help during planting and harvesting.
  • Harvest fruits and vegetables by hand.
  • Identify plants, pests, and weeds to determine the selection and application of pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Inform farmers or farm managers of crop progress.
  • Load agricultural products into trucks, and drive trucks to market or storage facilities.
  • Operate tractors, tractor-drawn machinery, and self-propelled machinery to plow, harrow and fertilize soil, or to plant, cultivate, spray and harvest crops.
  • Participate in the inspection, grading, sorting, storage, and post-harvest treatment of crops.
  • Record information about crops, such as pesticide use, yields, or costs.
  • Repair and maintain farm vehicles, implements, and mechanical equipment.
  • Repair farm buildings, fences, and other structures.
  • Set up and operate irrigation equipment.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply chemical solutions to plants to protect against disease or insects or to enhance growth.
  • Build agricultural structures.
  • Confer with managers to make operational decisions.
  • Direct activities of agricultural, forestry, or fishery employees.
  • Harvest agricultural products.
  • Load agricultural or forestry products for shipment.
  • Maintain forestry, hunting, or agricultural equipment.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Operate farming equipment.
  • Operate irrigation systems.
  • Plant crops, trees, or other plants.
  • Sort forestry or agricultural materials.
  • Trim trees or other vegetation.

Military Crosswalk Titles

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Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Ditch Rider
  • Farmworker, Diversified Crops II
  • Farmworker, Field Crop II
  • Farmworker, Fruit II
  • Farmworker, General I
  • Farmworker, General II
  • Farmworker, Grain II
  • Farmworker, Vegetable II
  • Fig Caprifier
  • Harvest Worker, Field Crop
  • Harvest Worker, Fruit
  • Harvest Worker, Vegetable
  • Irrigator, Gravity Flow
  • Irrigator, Sprinkling System
  • Irrigator, Valve Pipe
  • Seed Cutter
  • Weeder-Thinner