How employable are dairy farmers?
CareerExplorer rates dairy farmers with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future.
Are dairy farmers in demand?
Over the next decade, employment of farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers is projected to decline. Reasons for this downturn include the trend towards the consolidation of farms into fewer and larger ones and the ability of the agricultural sector to produce more with fewer workers, due to improved technologies and systems. However, with fewer people wanting to become farmers and a large number of farmers expected to retire over the next decade, job prospects are expected to be favourable for those wanting to go into farming. Despite the forecasted continued consolidation of farmland and the projected overall decline in the occupation, several small-scale farmers are finding opportunities in the growing segment of organic dairy production. These entrepreneurs are developing market niches via community-supported agriculture cooperatives which are characterized by personalized, direct contact with their customers.