Harvesting Labourers

(NOC 8611)

in All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

Harvesting labourers assist other farm workers to harvest, sort and pack crops.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate decline employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 0 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 910 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. However, competition for positions may be low due to few qualified jobseekers. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available (yet overall job prospects are still considered good due to other factors). With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Harvesting Labourers most commonly work full-time hours. With employment conditions being seasonal in nature, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year are fairly common.

The median employment income for 10% of Harvesting Labourers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$11.00

Minimum

$12.15

Median

$15.79

Maximum

Annual Pay

$503

Minimum

$7,744

Median

$22,830

Maximum

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

Hourly Pay

$10.85

Minimum

$16.00

Median

$31.88

Maximum

Annual Pay

$4,009

Minimum

$23,520

Median

$87,170

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Harvesting labourers assist other farm workers to harvest, sort and pack crops.

Job duties

Harvesting labourers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Pick row and orchard crops.
  • Sort, weigh and pack fruit and vegetables at the farm.
  • Load, unload and transfer crates, supplies, farm produce and products for transport.
  • Clean up racks, trays and growing, producing and packing areas

Sample job titles

  • apple picker
  • berry picker
  • fruit harvesting labourer
  • fruit or vegetable picker
  • fruit packer - farm
  • harvest hand
  • harvesting labourer
  • vegetable packer - farm

Skills

To work in these jobs, you should have good health, physical stamina, and strength. Agility, coordination, and mechanical aptitude would be helpful. You must also be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • There are no specific education or training requirements.

Other considerations

Most workers in these jobs work for part of the year and typically earn less than half the yearly income of employees who work for the whole year. Wages will vary according to the specific type of work performed, and annual incomes of many workers in these jobs are relatively low. Harvesting labourers are often exposed to harsh weather conditions. The physical demands of this work may make it difficult for people to stay in these jobs for a long time. Progression to other farm worker positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

125

employed in 2016

81.3%

employed full-time

8.0%

self employed

45.8%
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54.2%
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40.3

median age

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

14,665

employed in 2016

84.0%

employed full-time

22.0%

self employed

15.1%
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84.9%
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44.6

median age

Where will I likely work?

56.9%

Annapolis Valley

27.8%

Northern

11.1%

Southern

5.6%

Halifax

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

95.8%

Agriculture

4.2%

Other Industries

What is the age of Employment?

47.1%

55-64

23.5%

15-24

11.8%

45-54

11.8%

65+

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

42.3%

45-54

26.1%

55-64

18.9%

35-44

8.1%

25-34

3.6%

65+

Top levels of education

44.9%

Less than high school

$11,459 median annual income
28.6%

High school

$11,234 median annual income
8.2%

Trades certificate

$18,506 median annual income
8.2%

College certificate or diploma

$20,718 median annual income
8.2%

Bachelor's degree

$12,513 median annual income

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

34.0%

Less than high school

$14,445 median annual income
31.5%

High school

$14,229 median annual income
14.3%

College certificate or diploma

$21,289 median annual income
14.0%

Trades certificate

$19,107 median annual income
4.3%

Bachelor's degree

$15,980 median annual income

Education & training

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Employment requirements & contacts

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Contacts

Agricultural Institute of Canada
Suite 320, 176 Gloucester Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 0A6
Tel: (613) 232-9459
Fax: (613) 594-5190

Additional resources

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Job postings

There are currently no job postings for this occupation.