First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Farming, Fishing video

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Farms…fish hatcheries…and commercial forests share a common need: to produce with efficiency, they require a support team of trained workers. Leading those teams are first-line supervisors of farming, fishing and forestry. Most often, these managers have spent time on the front-lines, performing many of the same duties they oversee. But in addition to hands-on expertise, they've demonstrated superior organizational skills and the ability to motivate other workers. They've often had more education to prepare them for administrative and management duties. Though they'll spend office time setting schedules, managing budgets and preparing reports, first-line supervisors are often outdoors too, in all kinds of weather. They instruct workers in methods of fieldwork… and monitor their progress. At times, supervisors may need to roll up their sleeves and lend a hand. Routines vary from season to season depending upon the weather and what is being grown. But modern technology hasn't replaced the need for getting out into the field to check growing conditions and the health of the crop. Managers and supervisors usually have at least a bachelor's degree. The way to best cultivate your career prospects in this field is to continue your training. That will help you grow into positions with increased responsibilities.

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