How to become a Farm Hand

Farm hands assist farmers and graziers with growing crops and feeding and raising livestock.

Personal requirements of a Farm Hand

  • Enjoy practical work
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to undertake manual and heavy work
  • Able to handle animals with confidence and patience
  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Able to work for long hours and in all kinds of weather conditions
  • Able to work both in a team and with limited social contact
  • Mechanical aptitude

Education & Training for a Farm Hand

You can work as a farm hand without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a farm hand through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 22.8%

NT 1.2%

QLD 0%

SA 21.1%

TAS 6.1%

VIC 32.2%

WA 16.5%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 72%

Female 28%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 100%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 32.4%

Above 35 years: 32%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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