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Career and Education Opportunities for Farm Labor Contractors in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

If you want to be a farm labor contractor, the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. Farm labor contractors generally recruit, hire, and supervise seasonal or temporary agricultural laborers for a fee.

The average wage in the general category of Farming jobs is $12 per hour or $25,325 per year in Iowa, and an average of $12 per hour or $25,038 per year nationwide.

There are two schools within twenty-five miles of Cedar Rapids where you can study to be a farm labor contractor, among thirteen schools of higher education total in the Cedar Rapids area. The most common level of education for farm labor contractors is less than a high school diploma. You can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a farm labor contractor if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Farm Labor Contractor

In general, farm labor contractors recruit, hire, and supervise seasonal or temporary agricultural laborers for a fee. They also may transport, house, and provide meals for workers.

Farm labor contractors supervise the work of contracted employees. They also employ foremen to deal directly with staff when recruiting and enforcing work rules. Equally important, farm labor contractors have to pay the wages of contracted farm laborers. They are often called upon to recruit and hire agricultural staff. They are expected to furnish food and field sanitation facilities to contracted staff. Finally, farm labor contractors furnish tools for employee use.

Every day, farm labor contractors are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they understand what others are saying to them even in a noisy environment.

It is important for farm labor contractors to direct and transport staff to appropriate work sites. They are often called upon to furnish tools for employee use. They also furnish check-cashing services to employees. Somewhat less frequently, farm labor contractors are also expected to recruit and hire agricultural staff.

And finally, they sometimes have to furnish tools for employee use.

Like many other jobs, farm labor contractors must have exceptional integrity and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Cedar Rapids 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.
  • Animal Breeder. Breed animals, including cattle, or pet birds. Select and breed animals according to their genealogy, characteristics, and offspring. May require a knowledge of artificial insemination techniques and equipment use. May involve keeping records on heats, birth intervals, or pedigree.
  • Food Grader. Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, or condition.
  • Greenhouse Assistant. Work in nursery facilities or at customer location planting, cultivating, and transplanting trees, shrubs, or plants.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Farm Labor Contractor Training

University of Iowa - Iowa City, IA

University of Iowa, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1316. University of Iowa is a large university located in Iowa City, Iowa. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 29,475 students and an admission rate of 82%. University of Iowa has bachelor's degree, master's degree, and doctor's degree programs in Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration.

Mount Mercy College - Cedar Rapids, IA

Mount Mercy College, 1330 Elmhurst Dr NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-4797. Mount Mercy College is a small college located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 1,555 students and an admission rate of 80%. Mount Mercy College has a bachelor's degree program in Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Cedar Rapids, Iowa photo by Davumaya

Cedar Rapids is located in Linn County, Iowa. It has a population of over 128,056, which has grown by 6.0% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Cedar Rapids, 78, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Cedar Rapids are valued at $103,900 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, two hundred ninety-nine new homes were built in Cedar Rapids, up from two hundred ninety-eight the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Cedar Rapids are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, professional, scientific, and technical services, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 17 minutes. More than 28.4% of Cedar Rapids residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.4%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Cedar Rapids is 6.0%, which is less than Iowa's average of 6.1%.

The percentage of Cedar Rapids residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 57.0%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Seventh Day Church of God, Sevanth-Day Adventist Church and Hope Lutheran Church are some of the churches located in Cedar Rapids. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Cedar Rapids is home to the Brucemore and the Admissions Office as well as Tomahawk Park and Noelridge Park. Shopping centers in the area include Mays Shopping Center, Lindale Plaza Shopping Center and Town and Country Shopping Center. Visitors to Cedar Rapids can choose from Howard Johnson, Marriott Cedar Rapids and Clarion Hotel & Convention Center for temporary stays in the area.