Farm Operation Career Outlook

Percent Employed

100%

Employed*

Employed in Related Field

100%

Employed in a Related Field*

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$25,998–$37,437*

Range of Yearly Salary

 

 

 

*Farm Operation is a new program. Information is based on graduates' responses from the following technical colleges within the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) for Farm Operation: Chippewa Valley Technical College, Fox Valley Technical College and Mid-State Technical College. 


 

Careers

Typical positions available after graduation include:

Dairy business manager and farm worker at a dairy farm

Farm Manager/Operator

Farmers Managers operate establishments that produce crops, livestock and dairy products.

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Farm Owner

Farm Owners own and operate mainly family-owned farms.The size of the farm determines which tasks farmers handle. Those who operate small farms or ranges may do all tasks, including harvesting and inspecting the land, growing crops, and raising animals. In addition, they keep records, service machinery and maintain buildings. By contrast, farmers who operate larger farms generally have employees who help with physical work. Farmers track technological improvements in animal breeding and seeds, choosing new products that might increase output. Many livestock and dairy farmers monitor and attend to the health of their herds, which may include assisting in births.

Additional opportunities include:

  • Farm/Field Crop Manager

  • Livestock Farmer

  • Breeder

  • Farm Worker

  • Dairy Laborer

  • Dairy Herdsperson

Transfer Opportunities

After you complete your one-year Farm Operation technical diploma at WITC, you can transfer to another college to continue your education and earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

Articulation Agreements

The Farm Operation program at WITC has articulation agreements with UW-Stout.

The college listed above has developed a technical diploma to bachelor degree Articulation Agreement with WITC (bachelor degree programs vary); other colleges may accept WITC credits upon a transcript review.

 

Hear From Graduates

"Participating in this program helped us develop crucial management practices that have encouraged growth and profitability in our dairy business. The program gave us insight and perspective that make managing our operation more efficient and more enjoyable. Class schedules are designed with farmers in mind and allow for convenient student participation."

Amanda Nicholson, WITC Farm Business and Production Management Graduate

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