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Career and Education Opportunities for Livestock Farmers in Elgin, Illinois

If you want to be a livestock farmer, the Elgin, Illinois area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 1,180 jobs for livestock farmers in Illinois and this is projected to shrink by 6% to 1,120 jobs by 2016. In general, livestock farmers attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, and bees.

Income for livestock farmers is about $11 hourly or $23,090 yearly on average in Illinois. Nationally, their income is about $10 per hour or $21,070 per year. Compared with people working in the overall category of Farming, people working as livestock farmers in Illinois earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Farming nationally.

The Elgin area is home to sixty-one schools of higher education, including five within twenty-five miles of Elgin where you can get a degree as a livestock farmer. Given that the most common education level for livestock farmers is less than a high school diploma, you can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a livestock farmer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Livestock Farmer

Livestock Farmer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, livestock farmers attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, and bees. They also attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, and honey.

Livestock farmers feed and water livestock; and monitor food and water supplies. Finally, livestock farmers move machinery or livestock from one location to another, manually or using trucks or carts.

Every day, livestock farmers are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to control objects and devices with precise control. It is also important that they maintain precise control of objects and devices through a range of movements.

It is important for livestock farmers to clean stalls and machinery, using disinfectant solutions and/or pumps. They are often called upon to inspect and repair equipment, machinery and fences. They also examine animals to uncover illness or disease, and to check physical characteristics, such as rate of weight gain. They are sometimes expected to drive trucks and other machinery to distribute feed to animals. Somewhat less frequently, livestock farmers are also expected to groom and/or castrate animals; dock ears and tails; and/or shear coats to collect hair.

Livestock farmers sometimes are asked to order food for animals, and manage its delivery. and maintain growth and cost records. And finally, they sometimes have to segregate animals in line with weight and physical condition.

Like many other jobs, livestock farmers must be reliable and have exceptional integrity.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Elgin include:

  • Agricultural Equipment Operator. Drive and control farm equipment to till soil and to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops. May perform tasks, such as crop baling or hay bucking. May operate stationary equipment to perform post-harvest tasks, such as husking, shelling, and ginning.
  • Farm Labor Contractor. Recruit, hire, and supervise seasonal or temporary agricultural laborers for a fee. May transport, house, and provide meals for workers.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Livestock Farmer Training

College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn, IL

College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599. College of DuPage is a large college located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 25,668 students. College of DuPage has 2 areas of study related to Livestock Farmer. They are:

  • Ornamental Horticulture, less than one year which graduated 2 students in 2008.
  • Plant Nursery Operations and Management, one to two year which graduated 3 students in 2008.

Kishwaukee College - Malta, IL

Kishwaukee College, 21193 Malta Rd, Malta, IL 60150-9699. Kishwaukee College is a small college located in Malta, Illinois. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 4,134 students. Kishwaukee College has 2 areas of study related to Livestock Farmer. They are:

  • Ornamental Horticulture, associate's degree which graduated 5 students in 2008.
  • Greenhouse Operations and Management, less than one year which graduated 1 student in 2008.

McHenry County College - Crystal Lake, IL

McHenry County College, 8900 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, IL 60012-2761. McHenry County College is a medium sized college located in Crystal Lake, Illinois. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 5,374 students. McHenry County College has a less than one year program in Greenhouse Operations and Management which graduated two students in 2008.

Harper College - Palatine, IL

Harper College, 1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067-7398. Harper College is a large college located in Palatine, Illinois. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 15,250 students. Harper College has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Plant Nursery Operations and Management which graduated one and one students respectively in 2008.

Triton College - River Grove, IL

Triton College, 2000 5th Ave, River Grove, IL 60171-1995. Triton College is a large college located in River Grove, Illinois. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 15,547 students. Triton College has an associate's degree program in Ornamental Horticulture which graduated three students in 2008.

LICENSES

AQUACULTURIST

Licensing agency: Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Address: One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271

Phone: (217) 785-3423
Website: Illinois Department of Natural Resources

EGG PRODUCER-DEALER/PRODUCER-PACKER/GRADER/DISTRIBUTOR/JOBBER-BROKER

Licensing agency: Illinois Department of Agriculture
Address: Division of Agricultural Industry Regulation, State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL 62794-9281

Phone: (217) 782-2895
Website: Illinois Department of Agriculture Division of Agricultural Industry Regulation

LOCATION INFORMATION: Elgin, Illinois

Elgin, Illinois
Elgin, Illinois photo by James Jordan

Elgin is located in Kane County, Illinois. It has a population of over 106,330, which has grown by 12.5% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Elgin, 104, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Elgin cost $156,500 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, three hundred thirty-two new homes were constructed in Elgin, down from seven hundred fifty-six the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Elgin are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, metal and metal products, and administrative and support and waste management services. The average travel time to work is about 26 minutes. More than 20.5% of Elgin residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Elgin is 12.4%, which is greater than Illinois's average of 10.5%.

The percentage of Elgin residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 56.0%, is more than both the national and state average. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Seventh Day Adventist Church and Saint Thomas More Roman Catholic Church are some of the churches located in Elgin. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Elgin is home to the Fox Bluff Corporate Center and the Elgin Fire Station Number 2 as well as Wing Park and College Park. Shopping malls in the area include Wing Park Manor Shopping Center, Tyler Creek Plaza Shopping Center and Town and Country Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Elgin can choose from Elgin-Days Inn, Colonial Lodge Motel and Crowne Plaza for temporary stays in the area.