Farm managers deal with the day-to-day running of a farm.

What does a farm manager do?

Farm managers deal with the day-to-day running of a farm, including staffing, planning and production. As a farm manager you could be working with livestock, crops, or a mixture of both. A farm manager needs to be highly informed about their area of farming, as well as having good communication and management skills. 

What do I need to do to become a farm manager?

While not essential, most farm managers have a qualification in agriculture or land management. Practical farming experience is essential. You will also usually need a driving licence. 

To take an HND or degree in agriculture you will require four/five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) and a relevant level 3 course. You may also be able to progress through an advanced apprenticeship. Check exact requirements with universities. 

Related skills

  • Teamwork
  • Physical fitness
  • People management
  • Time management
  • Organisation
  • Communication
  • Business management
  • Administration
  • Discipline
  • Mechanical knowledge
  • Financial planning

Vocational route

  • Relevant level 3 course

Related subjects

  • Biology
  • Food technology
  • Geography
  • Physical education

Essential qualifications

  • Driving licence
  • Practical farming experience

Desirable qualifications

  • Foundation degree in land management
  • Level 3 qualification in agriculture
  • HND and degree in agriculture or land management

Where could I be working?

You’ll be working outdoors in often physically demanding conditions. 

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