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Career and Education Opportunities for Agricultural Equipment Operators in Iowa

Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and largest city is Des Moines.

About 1,570 people are currently employed as agricultural equipment operators in Iowa. By 2016, this is expected to grow 10% to 1,720 people employed. Agricultural equipment operators generally drive and control farm equipment to till soil and to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops.

Agricultural equipment operators earn approximately $12 hourly or $25,740 annually on average in Iowa. Nationally they average about $10 hourly or $22,710 yearly. Compared with people working in the overall category of Farming, people working as agricultural equipment operators in Iowa earn more. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Farming nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist attractions include the Salisbury House Foundation, the Historical Outfitters, and the Darshan Studios Comic Art Museum & Strytllng Thtre.

CITIES WITH Agricultural Equipment Operator OPPORTUNITIES IN Iowa


JOB DESCRIPTION: Agricultural Equipment Operator

Agricultural Equipment Operator video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, agricultural equipment operators drive and control farm equipment to till soil and to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops. They also may perform tasks, such as crop baling or hay bucking.

Every day, agricultural equipment operators are expected to be able to maintain precise control of objects and devices through a range of movements. They need to coordinate both hands in a single activity. It is also important that they see details at a very fine level of focus.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Iowa include:

  • 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.
  • Crop and Horticultural Worker. Directly supervise and coordinate activities of agricultural crop or horticultural workers.
  • Farm Labor Contractor. Recruit, hire, and supervise seasonal or temporary agricultural laborers for a fee. May transport, house, and provide meals for workers.
  • 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.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Iowa

Iowa
Iowa photo by Bill Whittaker

Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and largest city is Des Moines. In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist attractions include the Science Center of Iowa, the Italian, and the Hubbell Historical Center.