There are currently an estimated 268,100 agricultural workers in the United States. The agricultural worker job market is expected to shrink by -3.8% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are agricultural workers?

CareerExplorer rates agricultural workers with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 1,300 agricultural workers. That number is based on the retirement of 11,400 existing agricultural workers.

Are agricultural workers in demand?

Employment of agricultual workers is being thwarted by several factors. Consolidation and mergers of farms are reducing the overall number of workers in this occupation. Technological advancements in farm equipment are raising worker output and productivity. Increasingly, farmworkers are not hired directly by farms, but by farm labor contractors that supply farms with seasonal and short-term manpower. Free trade agreements are also impacting the agriculture industry, as it faces growing competition from foreign countries and rising imports. Despite these issues, the low wages and physical demands of many of the industry’s jobs will ensure continued high turnover and create a need to replace large numbers of workers who leave. Animal breeders, among the industry’s more educated and higher-paid employees, will experience relative stability and better employment opportunities.

What’s the supply of agricultural workers?

The agricultural worker industry is concentrated in Texas, California, Kentucky

Agricultural Worker job market by state

State Name Employed Agricultural Workers
Texas 4,960
California 2,310
Kentucky 2,080
Missouri 1,400
Pennsylvania 1,300
Nebraska 1,250
Colorado 1,180
Iowa 1,180
Oklahoma 1,070
Kansas 970
Wisconsin 930
Alabama 910
Washington 900
Florida 850
Idaho 820
Ohio 800
North Carolina 780
Arkansas 750
Minnesota 690
Tennessee 690
Mississippi 680
Illinois 680
Montana 600
New York 590
Oregon 560
Indiana 470
Michigan 450
Georgia 430
Maryland 420
New Mexico 370
Utah 330
New Jersey 320
Wyoming 310
South Carolina 280
West Virginia 260
Arizona 180
Connecticut 180
Nevada 160
New Hampshire 150
Massachusetts 140
Vermont 130
Maine 120
North Dakota 120
Delaware 110
Louisiana 80
Hawaii 70
South Dakota 60
Alaska 40
Rhode Island 30