Beekeepers manage colonies of honey bees.
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What does a beekeeper do?

Beekeepers manage colonies of honey bees in hives or apiaries. You’ll harvest bee products such as honey, beeswax and royal jelly. You’ll be working primarily outside, and beekeeping is a seasonal job. During the spring, summer and early autumn you will be much busier than the winter months. You’ll usually be self-employed or working for a small business as a beekeeper.

What do I need to do to become a beekeeper?

There is no set route to become a beekeeper. Many beekeepers start out by keeping a small colony of bees as a hobby. You do not need specific qualifications to become a beekeeper, however lots of new beekeepers choose to join a local branch of the British Beekeeping Association (BBKA). As a member, you'll receive advice and guidance on starting out from experienced beekeepers.

Related skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Organisation
  • Time management

Related subjects

  • Biology

Desirable qualifications

  • Membership of the BBKA

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You will be working outdoors, and will either be self-employed, or working for a small company.

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