Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

risk level
Based on 18 votes
by year 2032
or $15.86 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

62% (High Risk)

High Risk (61-80%): Jobs in this category face a significant threat from automation, as many of their tasks can be easily automated using current or near-future technologies.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Finger Dexterity

User poll

67% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's probable this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 62% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


Slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse' job openings is expected to rise 2.3% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse' was $33,000, or $15 per hour

'Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse' were paid 28.7% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 284,000 people employed as 'Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse' within the United States.

This represents around 0.19% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 520 people are employed as 'Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse'.

Job description

Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts, horticultural specialties, and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; or cleaning, grading, sorting, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities.

SOC Code: 45-2092.00


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CarynW (Moderate) says
Farming is already largely done by robots and computers. With autonomous vehicles to take the digging equipment to the spot and GPS to tell them where to dig, it seems ripe for automation.
Jan 18, 2023 at 12:39 AM

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