Do you want to work as a nursery farm worker?

READ: This page helps you to read about the career and the info you need to decide on whether this is indeed the career you want to follow.

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What is a Nursery Farm Worker?

A nursery farm worker oversees the health of newly weaned livestock, such as piglets, to ensure good growth in the first few weeks and months of their lives.

What does a Nursery Farm Worker do?

Career Categories

The Nursery Farm Worker career can be found in the following career categories:

  • Farming and Livestock Management
  • Animal Care

What does a Nursery Farm Worker focus on?

The primary focus of a Nursery Farm Worker is to care for newly weaned farm animals to ensure that they grow strong and healthy.

What are the daily tasks of a Nursery Farm Worker?

  • Maintain and clean the nursery
  • Feed and care for the young animals
  • Monitor animals for growth and health
  • Chart animal growth
  • Discuss health problems with veterinarian
  • Administration and filing

The working environment of a Nursery Farm Worker?

Where does a Nursery Farm Worker work?

Environment –

Nursery Farm Workers work mostly indoors in specially constructed barns or stalls.

Places of Employment –

Nursery Farm Workers are employed by farms or livestock research institutions.

What is the average annual salary of a Nursery Farm Worker?

On average the income per year is around US$30,000. This will differ from country to country.

What difficulties can a Nursery Farm Worker face?

The most difficult part of the job is the levels of stress, working with animals that can get frightened.

It might also require extremely long hours, including working over weekends and holidays.

​Future growth and Possibilities

The industry is competitive, but does grow every year at around 4%

Which Skills are required by a Nursery Farm Worker?

The skills required for a career as a Nursery Farm Worker can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.

Life Skills

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal relationship
Life Skills
40%

Career Skills

  • Animal Handling
  • Animal Care
  • Customer service skills
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Computer literacy
Career Skills
60%

Which Subjects must I have at School to prepare for this career?

The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.

OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!

What will I need to Study to become a Nursery Farm Worker?

Minimum Requirements

The minimum educational requirement to enter this career is a High School Certificate.

Further studies towards a College Diploma, or even Bachelor’s Degree will definitely could secure a good position and possible promotions.

Study Focus

Major –

Subjects in animal science, animal husbandry, animal health will be ideal.

Short Courses –

Short Courses in animal physiology are essential to sharpen skills in livestock rearing.

Study Duration

The duration of College and Bachelor’s Degrees can be up to 3 or 4 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.

Possible Career Preparation Paths

If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.

Why is planning important?

​To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.

Possible Paths:

Possible Combined Career Paths

It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.

Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):

Stepping Stone Career

Being a Nursery Farm Worker can also be used as a stepping stone career. A stepping stone career is one which is used to help you get to another career, normally because the other career is too difficult to reach (sometimes due to things like high study fees etc).

You can begin as a junior worker after basic short courses and expert guidance (maybe working under a mentor). The money made can then be used to pay for studies towards a promotion or another career, and the experience helps in gaining knowledge. One paying to help get to the other.

Some of the possible paths:

Training and apprenticeship

Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need as a Nursery Farm Worker will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.

In some cases entry level positions require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions can be offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.

Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior nursery worker.

Join the Nursery Farm Workers Group to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!

Average level of education of all the people who enter the career:

High School Certificate 0%
Diploma or Short Courses 0%
Degree or Higher Studies 0%

Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations

Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.

Learn more about requirements by joining the OZT Community.

Professional Associations

Where can I study further?

All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.

See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards livestock and animal husbandry.

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  • Info on the best places where you can study (colleges, universities and online)
  • Expertly designed advice to prepare you for the career, and links to places where you can gain valuable experience. For some career experience is necessary, otherwise you wont get the job!
  • Top notch info on each of the different species you will work with
  • Make friends around the world and share knowledge
  • Compete and win points, badges, games, prizes and certificates. Be the best of the best, while you learn and prepare!

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