Do you want to work as an Insect Farmer?

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.

RESEARCH: ​Learn about the skills required and minimum subjects to enter this career, as well as the places where you can study further after school.

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What is an Insect Farmer?

An Insect Farmer breeds and manages large amounts of specific insect species for commercial profit.

Insect Products:

  • Human food supplement
  • Livestock feed
  • Fertilizer

What does an Insect Farmer do?

Career Categories

The Insect Farmer career can be found in the following career categories:

  • Farming and Livestock Management
  • Business
  • Animal Health

What does an Insect Farmer focus on?

An Insect Farmer focusses on the management of breeding stock and the processing of the dried insects to ensure that they can be sold for profit.

Insect Products:

  • Protein for human and animal feed
  • Fertilizer

What are the daily tasks of an Insect Farmer?

  • Build and maintain enclosures, machinery
  • Research new insect processing methods and practices
  • Keep environment safe and clean
  • Monitor health of the insects
  • Liaise with product buyers
  • Administration and marketing

The working environment of an Insect Farmer

Where does an Insect Farmer work?

Environment –

Insect farmers will spend most of their time indoors, overseeing the farming procedures. The insects are contained in enclosures where they breed and grow for harvesting. The procedure to sanitize and dry the insects will also be done indoors..

Places of Employment –

They work mostly in their own privately owned businesses.

What is the average annual salary of an Insect Farmer?

They can earn a yearly average of US$60,000 per year. But the income depends on many factors, such as how large and established the farm is, the amount of breeding stock, and the need for insect protein.

There are large farms that make in excess of US$1 million per year!

Can an Insect Farmer be promoted?

Most farmers own their own businesses (small to large scale farms), which means you are already the boss.

What difficulties can an Insect Farmer face?

Farming is a labour and financially intensive career. Initial equipment purchases will be expensive, and maintaining a good profit can be difficult.

The work might also entail long hours and working over weekends and holidays.

Future Growth and Possibilities

Overall employment of Insect Farmers is projected to grow steady at around 10%. The call for alternative sources of protein is pushing the growth of insect suppliers as human and livestock food.

Which Skills are required by an Insect Farmer?

The skills required for a career as an Insect Farmer 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
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Computer literacy
  • Business knowledge
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 an Insect Farmer?

Minimum Requirements

The minimum qualifications to become a farmer is a High School Certificate. For more intensive farming, and especially in processing and preparing insects ass food, a college diploma or university degree would be best.

Study Focus

Majors –

You can follow a diploma or degree with majors in animal science, animal management, animal husbandry.

Short Courses –

Short Courses in the breeding and processing of insects as food.

Study Duration

The duration of a College Diploma is between 2 to 3 years, and a University Degree is between 3 and 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):

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

Due to the health requirements involved in processing and supplying insects as human and animal food, some countries will require permits.

Learn more about requirements by joining the OZT Community.

Professional Associations

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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 the field of farming and organic food production.

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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
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