Farm managers are employed to manage a variety of farming operations. They may be responsible for raising livestock and cultivating crops, fruit, vegetables and other agricultural products. 

A farmer is usually a farm owner and raises animals or crops for food.  

Where farm managers are employed

Farm managers may work on large or small properties, or they may need to travel between a number of properties to manage activities. They spend much of their time working outdoors.


Full-time farm managers in South Australia generally earn less than $600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for farm manager

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 13,118 people employed full-time as farm managers in South Australia, compared with 15,108 in 2006.

How to become one

You can work as a farmer or farm manager without formal qualifications, although skills in farm management, crop management and/or animal husbandry are valuable.

See courses related to this occupation.

At school consider doing English, chemistry and maths. You can do a traineeship in agriculture, rural operations or rural business. For more information see traineeships. Ask your career adviser about starting this training at school.

You can also do a degree in agriculture, agribusiness, animal science, agricultural science or rural studies.

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in SA, visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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Career information has been sourced from government publications, see data sources for more information.
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