We surveyed 634 ranchers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical rancher. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a rancher?

Low

High

Working as a rancher typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a rancher?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a rancher typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a rancher?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a rancher.

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Do ranchers work full-time or part-time?

55% of ranchers work in full-time roles while 45% work part-time.

Is being a rancher stressful?

Low

High

Ranchers tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a rancher?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a rancher.

How competitive is the workplace for ranchers?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for ranchers.

Does being a rancher require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for ranchers.

Are ranchers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Ranchers are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.

Do ranchers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally ranchers will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being a rancher physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a rancher requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are ranchers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, ranchers tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a rancher require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a rancher.

Does being a good rancher require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as ranchers.