Honey Producer Career Profile

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What is a honey producer?

A honey producer is someone who cultivates and manages beehives for the purpose of harvesting honey. Honey producers typically maintain colonies of honeybees in apiaries, where they provide care for the bees, ensure they have access to suitable food sources such as flowers for nectar, and manage the hives to encourage honey production.

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Alternative Names

Some alternative names for a honey producer include:

  • Apiarist
  • Beekeeper
  • Apiculturist
  • Bee farmer
  • Honey farmer
  • Bee wrangler
  • Honey cultivator
  • Honey harvester
  • Bee steward

These terms are often used interchangeably to refer to individuals involved in the cultivation and management of honeybees for honey production and other bee-related products.

Career Categories

The Honey Producer career profile falls under the following categories:

  • Health
  • Business
  • Farming & Livestock Management

Beekeeping history?

Depictions of humans collecting honey from wild bees date to 10,000 years ago

Honey market?

The global honey production size is estimated at around US $10 billion

What does a Honey Producer do?

Groups of animals a Honey Producer works with

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What is the level of Interaction with the Animals?

With who does a Honey Producer work?

Besides working with all of the animals, Honey Producers will need to interact with other people while doing their daily tasks. The people might include fellow staff members (if they are working for a production company or large business) and the public.

Fellow staff might include:

  • Supervisors/Managers
  • Operational staff, such as Human Resources, Finance and Maintenance

What do Honey Producer focus on?

The primary focus of honey producers or beekeepers is to maintain colonies of bees within beehives in order to harvest their honey and wax for commercial purposes.

What are the daily tasks of a Honey Producer?

  • Determine best position for beehives
  • Assemble beehives and other equipment
  • Purchase bees (queens or entire swarms)
  • Transport and relocate wild beehives
  • Raise, harvest and sell queen bees
  • Harvest, refine, bottle and sell honey
  • Harvest and process bees wax for sale
  • Harvest and sell royal jelly
  • Marketing, administration and filing

Working Environment of a Honey Producer

Where does a Honey Producer work?

Environment –

Beekeepers work mainly outdoors, inspecting and maintaining the hives. They will also spend time indoors, processing and bottling the raw honey, wax and in some cases, the royal jelly produced by female bees.

Places of Employment –

Most beekeepers are self employed, owning small patches of hives, or an entire farm of hives.

What is the average salary of a Honey Producer?

On average the income per year is around $35,000. This will differ from country to country, and on the size of the honey farm.

Can a Honey Producer be promoted?

In most cases the Honey Producers work for themselves, but where they actually work for a boss, as in the owner of the farm, then they may be promoted.

Large honey farms have different levels of employees:

Intern > Junior Beekeeper > Senior Beekeeper > Production or Farm Manager

What difficulties can a Honey Producer face?

The most difficult part is actually working with some of the different species of bees, as they may be aggressive.

Environmental changes may also eradicate entire hives, causing financial losses. Owning your own business might sound good, but it does mean working hard and long hours.

​Future growth and Possibilities

The honey industry is always growing positively. The need for differently flavored honey (according to the flowers the bees pollinate) is increasing in market size.

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Which Skills are required by a Honey Producer?

The skills required for a career as a honey producer 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

Career Skills

  • ​Good business knowledge
  • Basic customer service skills
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Excellent computer literacy
Career Skills

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 Honey Producer?

Minimum Requirements

​To become a Honey Producer or Beekeeper doesn’t require formal training, but a High School Certificate will help to get you into the brilliant short courses offered.

Study Focus

Short Courses –

Courses can be taken in almost any aspect of the career, from constructing the best hives, to marketing and selling the honey, wax and royal jelly.

Study Duration

The duration of Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.

FREE Career Path Plan

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 a road map to where you want to be.

Possible Paths:

Here’s a detailed career preparation path for a high school student interested in becoming a honey producer, based on the provided points:

1. Attend career Guidance Sessions:

Attend career guidance sessions or workshops to understand various career options in agriculture, environmental science, and animal husbandry.

2. Research all Possible Careers:

Conduct thorough research on careers related to beekeeping, honey production, and agriculture to gain insight into job responsibilities, requirements, and opportunities in the field.

3. Explore Educational Paths:

Explore educational options such as vocational programmes, agricultural colleges, or university degrees in apiculture, agriculture, or environmental science.

4. Align High School Subjects:

Choose high school subjects that align with the desired educational path. Focus on subjects like biology, chemistry, agriculture, and business studies to build a strong foundation.

5. Obtain a High School Diploma or Equivalent:

Successfully complete high school to obtain a diploma or equivalent qualification.

6. Learn about Animals:

Learn about honeybees, their biology, behaviour, and the basics of beekeeping through self-study, online resources, or mentorship programmes.

7. Align Post-School Path:

Evaluate and align post-school options, such as entering the job market directly, pursuing further studies in apiculture or related fields, or starting a beekeeping business, based on personal goals and interests.

8. Gain Experience:

Gain practical experience through volunteering at local apiaries, participating in internships with beekeepers, or seeking mentorship opportunities.

9. Pursue Extracurricular Activities:

Participate in extracurricular activities related to agriculture, environmental conservation, or beekeeping clubs to enhance practical skills and network with professionals in the field.

10. Join Professional Associations:

Consider joining professional associations, such as beekeeping associations or agricultural organisations, to access resources, stay updated on industry trends, and network with experienced professionals.

11. Gain specialised Skills:

Acquire specialised skills in beekeeping techniques, hive management, honey extraction, and bee health through hands-on training, workshops, or specialised courses.

12. Network with Professionals:

Network with professionals in the beekeeping industry through events, workshops, and online platforms to gain insights, advice, and potential job opportunities.

13. Enter the Job Market, Further Studies, or Launch a Business:

Decide whether to enter the job market directly after gaining necessary skills and experience, pursue further studies in apiculture or related fields, or start a beekeeping business based on personal aspirations and opportunities in the industry.

14. Stay Updated and Pursue Continuing Education:

Stay updated on advancements in beekeeping practices, technology, and regulations by pursuing continuing education opportunities, attending workshops, or participating in professional development programmes.

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 honey producer 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 fees etc).

You can begin as a small scale beekeeper 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 beekeeper 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 on large corporate farms require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are 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 beekeeper.

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

Average level of education of those entering the Honey Producer 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.

Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.

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 beekeeping.

How do I start to prepare for this Career?

If you do decide on following this career, then OZT can assist you in figuring out a path to prepare, as well as help you to gain further knowledge about the career and the animals you will be working with. We do this by offering you FREE career development tools. There are almost a dozen free tools, but these are the three primary ones:


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