Farm Operation Career Outlook



5-Year Average from FY18 - FY22 
WTCS Graduate Follow-Up Survey

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5-Year Average from FY18 - FY22
WTCS Graduate Follow-Up Survey

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Average Yearly Salary

2022-2025 Lightcast data based on Northwood Tech's 11-County District



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

  • CSA Owner and Organic Farmer

Transfer Opportunities

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

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 N., Farm Business and Production Management graduate


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