Harvesting Labourers

(NOC 8611)

in All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

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

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate 0 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

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

  • Estimate 415 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 1430 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. 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 may either be working full-time or part-time hours. With employment conditions being seasonal in nature, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year are fairly common.

Hourly Pay

$13.35

Minimum

$14.40

Median

$17.39

Maximum

Annual Pay

$503

Minimum

$7,744

Median

$22,830

Maximum

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

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$18.00

Median

$30.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$4,009

Minimum

$23,520

Median

$87,170

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

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

Job duties

Harvesting labourers:

  • 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 sort and pack crops.

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

  • 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

360

employed in 2016

61.1%

employed full-time

6.9%

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

78.0%

employed full-time

20.0%

self employed

15.1%
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84.9%
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44.6

median age

Where will I likely work?

56.2%

Annapolis Valley

$10,302 median annual income
27.4%

North Shore

$3,745 median annual income
11.0%

Southern

N/A
5.5%

Halifax

N/A

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

100.0%

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

What is the age of Employment?

39.0%

15-24

19.0%

55-64

14.0%

35-44

13.0%

65+

10.0%

45-54

6.0%

25-34

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

20.7%

45-54

19.8%

15-24

19.2%

55-64

16.2%

35-44

14.8%

25-34

Top levels of education

52.1%

Less than high school

$8,938 median annual income
22.5%

High school

$6,919 median annual income
8.5%

College Diploma

N/A
8.5%

Bachelor

N/A
7.0%

Trade Certification

N/A

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

35.7%

Less than high school

$23,463 median annual income
30.8%

High school

$19,301 median annual income
13.7%

College Diploma

$29,551 median annual income
13.4%

Trade Certification

$31,535 median annual income
4.4%

Bachelor

$17,956 median annual income

Education & training

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Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Agricultural Institute of Canada
Ottawa, ON

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