Managers in Agriculture

NOC 0821


Managers in agriculture plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations and functions of farms. They are responsible for growing crops, raising and breeding livestock, poultry and other animals and marketing farm products. Managers in this unit group usually own and operate their own establishment.


  • Manage the overall operations of a farm, ranch or orchard
  • Determine the amount and kinds of crops to be grown and livestock to be raised
  • Organize and co-ordinate planting, cultivating and crop harvesting activities; raising and breeding of livestock and poultry
  • Hire and manage farm personnel
  • Establish a marketing program
  • Develop and keep financial and production records
  • Purchase farm machinery, livestock, seed, feed and other supplies
  • Maintain farm machinery, equipment and buildings
  • Perform farming duties.

Other Titles

  • Market Gardener
  • Apiarist
  • Viticulturist
  • Seed Grower
  • Domestic Animal Breeder

(Government of Canada National Occupation Classification)


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  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Management of Personal Resources
  • Organization

Education/Training Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

  • Most college/university programs in Ontario require an OSSD or Mature Student Status

Post-secondary diploma/degree

  • A university degree or college diploma in agricultural management or other field related to crop or livestock production may be required

Potential Earnings in Durham Region

The average and median wages and salaries for individuals employed as managers in agriculture are as follows. Place of Residence (POR) is defined as individuals who reside within the Durham Region. Place of Work (POW) is defined as individuals who are employed within the Durham Region.

Industry (NAICS) Median Wages and Salaries (POR) Average Wages and Salaries (POR) Median Wages and Salaries (POW) Average Wages and Salaries (POW)
111-112 Farms $25,084 $30,080 $28,962 $31,653
1110 Farms (except aquaculture $21,171 $28,704 $28,962 $31,653

Employment Prospects

Industry (NAICS) Jobs in Durham Region (POW) Durham Region Residents Employed (POR)
111-112 Farms 845 870
1110 Farms (except aquaculture) 845 925

(Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 2016 data in Durham Workforce Authority’s 2017 Sector Report)

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