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Farming: Career and Education Opportunities in Kentucky

Farming: Farm workers keep the corps and animals that feed us growing and healthy. In both industrial and smaller settings, they manage existing farming techniques as well as develop new ones in response to advances in technology and practice.

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Kentucky has a population of 4,314,113, which has grown by 6.74% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Bluegrass State," its capital is Frankfort, though its biggest city is Lexington-Fayette. In 2008, there were a total of 2,442,252 jobs in Kentucky. The average annual income was $31,936 in 2008, up from $31,060 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Kentucky was 10.5% in 2009, which has grown by 3.9% since the previous year. About 17.1% of Kentucky residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Kentucky include tobacco product merchant wholesalers, alumina production, and couriers.


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Farm Labor Contractor

Farm Labor Contractors recruit, hire, and supervise seasonal or temporary agricultural laborers for a fee. Farm Labor Contractors need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.
Greenhouse Assistant

Greenhouse Assistants work in nursery facilities or at customer location planting, cultivating, and transplanting trees, shrubs, or plants. Greenhouse Assistants need to track and maintain equipment on an ongoing basis. They also need to respond to the actions of other and coordinate activities with them.
Livestock Farmer

Livestock Farmers attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, and bees. Livestock Farmers need to respond to the actions of other and coordinate activities with them. They also need to train others in tasks and process.