Kilimo ajira

Learn about agriculture and different kinds of agriculture jobs. Read about the different career paths you can take in agriculture. Kujua nini mafunzo unaweza haja na wapi pa kuanzia utafutizi wako kazi.

agriculture jobs - refugee farmer in Vermont
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Agriculture jobs include all kinds of farm work. Farm workers grow crops, raise animals, and turn farm produce into food. Wakimbizi, wahamiaji, and migrants all help to produce the nation’s food.

Maybe you have a farming background and want to work on a farm. Perhaps you would like to train in an agriculture career. Read about different kinds of agriculture jobs and how to get started.

Which agriculture job?

  • Small farmer – many small farms produce organic or specialist foods. Starting your own farm in the United States requires a lot of work and investment.
  • Farm worker – farm workers on large farms work either with animals or with crops.
  • Meat packer ­– work slaughtering animals and packing meat in a factory-like environment. More likely to offer health insurance than other agricultural jobs. Many meat-packing plants employ refugees.
  • Seasonal worker – seasonal workers are often migrants who travel around the United following the crop harvests and planting seasons. They harvest, plant, weed, maji, pack and load these crops. Most seasonal workers are undocumented and working conditions are poor.
  • Inner-city projects – there are many volunteer opportunities and some paid positions on city farms and community gardens.
  • Farm machinery operator ­– operators of large equipment on farms need more training and certification, but they are in demand and often better paid than other farm workers.
  • Government inspector ­– agricultural inspectors make sure food crops and animals are raised properly and follow health, safety and environmental regulations.
  • Farm manager or agricultural supervisor – managers supervise farm laborers, especially migrant workers who travel from farm to farm.
  • Agribusiness – careers in the business side of agriculture, including sales and other support industries, are growing. These jobs offer more management positions.
  • Scientists – agricultural science includes soil science and plant genetics.

Are agriculture jobs right for me?

Agriculture is hard physical work. Farm workers and people working with animals need to be strong. Many agricultural jobs also use machinery, so it is a good job for someone who works well with machines. If you want to work outside, agriculture jobs will suit you. But farm work is dangerous, and you need to be alert around machines, chemicals and animals. If you are able to take on responsibilities, then being a farm manager or supervisor may be a good fit for you. Speaking two languages is a great asset for a manager of farm workers.

Ambapo kuwasha?

Agriculture jobs are a big part of the economy in California, Texas, and some mid-western and southern states. The dairy, matunda, vegetable and meat industries always need farm workers. They do not usually ask for experience or a high school education. The farmer or farm manager will train you. But these jobs are not well paid. According to the US Department of Agriculture, more than half of all farm workers are undocumented.

Skills and training

Other agriculture careers may require education and some training. Government jobs, such as agricultural inspector, require citizenship. Id you want to prepare for citizenship, Unaweza kuchukua yetu darasa ya uraia bure mtandaoni

Find agricultural classes near you

Community colleges in areas with lots of farms offer classes in agriculture. They offer two-year associate’s degrees. You can get an associate’s degree in animal science, agricultural science or biology. To work in agribusiness, or if you want to start a farm enterprise, you may also need business skills. There are many business courses at community colleges. Kupata chuo jamii karibu na wewe.

Jifunze mtandaoni

You can take some online courses from the Cornell University Small Farms Program au watch safety videos from U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers.

Farming programs for New Americans

Many refugees and immigrants come to America with knowledge of farming. Across the USA, you can find programs that support, train or employ refugee farmers. Hapa ni baadhi yao:

Watch a video about a refugee farming program in Vermont

Nini kama mimi niko tayari sifa katika nchi nyingine?

If you have a qualification or a degree from another country, Upwardly ya kimataifa husaidia mamlaka ya kazi wahamiaji, wakimbizi, asylees, na wamiliki wa viza upya kazi yao kitaaluma katika Marekani.

Je unahitaji nini kingine?

Kujitayarisha kwa kazi au kutafuta ajira

  • Use a job center: Government employment centers are free. Kutoa ushauri na kuweka orodha ya kazi ya ndani. Wao kuwasaidia na wasifu na maombi ya kazi. Wao kukuunganisha kwenye mafunzo ya kazi na elimu. Tafuta kituo cha karibu cha ajira karibu.
  • Tafutiza mtandaoni: Aghires is a website for that lists agriculture jobs.

Meet Morris Gbolo, owner of World Crops Farm in New Jersey

Katika 2002, Morris Gbolo moved to southern New Jersey as a refugee from Liberia. Leo, he is back doing what he loves – farming his favorite vegetable crops from his native land.

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