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Farm and Home Management Advisors

At a Glance

  • Help people run farms and homes better
  • Often teach classes
  • Regularly interact with people
  • May work part time or full time
  • Most have a master's degree
  • Most work for colleges and universities

Career summary

Farm and home management advisors teach people how to manage their farms and homes.

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They advise farmers how to:

Farm and home management advisors also:

Advise families

Farm and home management advisors assist and advise families. They advise families about how to make home budgets and prepare healthy meals. They give advice about conserving energy and furnishing their homes.

Organize community events

Farm and home management advisors also organize community activities, such as state and local fairs. They organize 4-H Clubs for counties. They collect data to identify needs and develop programs for the community. They often research issues or problems at the request of a farmer. They also teach classes. For example, they might plan and teach a class in nutrition, gardening, or home management. They might offer a program for farmers in farming techniques.

Share information

Farm and home management advisors sometimes write content for pamphlets, newsletters, or websites.  Advisors might also give lectures to organizations or give talks on radio and television.

Related careers

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster of careers.

Related careers include:

Job duties

Task list

The following list of tasks is specific to farm and home management advisors.

Common work activities

Farm and home management advisors perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many careers.

Work requirements

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, farm and home management advisors:

Interpersonal relationships

Physical work conditions

Work performance


Physical demands

Farm and home management advisors frequently:

It is important for farm and home management advisors to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for farm and home management advisors to be able to:

Skills and abilities

Farm and home management advisors need to:


Reason and problem solve

Use math and science

Manage oneself, people, time, and things

Work with people

Perceive and visualize

Education and training

Educational programs

The programs of study listed below will help you prepare for the occupation or career cluster you are exploring.

Programs of study directly related to this occupation

Other programs of study to consider


To work as a farm and home management advisor, you typically need to:

Education after high school

Most farm and home management advisors have a master's degree. Common areas of study are agricultural business and management, plant, soil, or animal science, or botany. It is helpful if you also have a strong background in science and math.

Work experience

Growing up on a farm is good work experience for this occupation. Participating in programs such as 4-H or the National FFA Organization is also helpful.

On-the-job training

When first hired, some advisors undergo brief on-the-job training to orient them to policies and procedures. This training usually lasts one month.

Helpful high school courses

In high school, take classes that prepare you for college. A college preparatory curriculum may be different from your state's graduation requirements.

You should also consider taking some advanced courses in high school. This includes Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses if they are available in your school. If you do well in these courses, you may receive college credit for them. Advanced courses can also strengthen your college application.

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this career include:

The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.

You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.

Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Here are examples of activities and groups that may be available in your high school or community.

Things to know

Most employers require a master's degree in an agriculture, plant science, or related field. Employers prefer applicants who have experience in the field, such as college internship programs or work experience in related fields. In addition, employers prefer to hire farm and home managers who can speak and write clearly, and who get along well with others. Staying informed of recent advances in farming and home management methods can also be helpful.

Job listings

Listed below are links to job categories from the National Labor Exchange that relate to this career. Once you get a list of jobs, you can view information about individual jobs and find out how to apply. If your job search finds too many openings, or if you wish to search for jobs outside of Washington, you will need to refine your search.

To get a listing of current jobs from the WorkSource system, go to the WorkSource website (external link).


Farm and home management advisors (SOC 25-9021)

Pay Period
Washington Hourly $18.69 $21.64 $26.79 $32.79 $38.60
Monthly $3,239 $3,750 $4,643 $5,683 $6,689
Yearly $38,880 $45,010 $55,720 $68,210 $80,280
United States Hourly $13.00 $17.84 $23.96 $31.37 $39.12
Monthly $2,253 $3,092 $4,152 $5,436 $6,779
Yearly $27,050 $37,110 $49,840 $65,250 $81,360

Wages vary by employer and area of the country. An advisor's level of education and experience may also affect wages.

Most full-time farm and home management advisors receive benefits. Common benefits include sick leave, paid vacation, and health insurance.

Employment and outlook

Washington outlook


The table below provides information about the number of workers in this career in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Farm and Home Management Advisors (SOC 25-9021)

Location Current employment Growth over 10 years Annual openings
Washington 120 12.5% 16.1% 14
    Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties 18 16.7% 13.4% 2
    Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties 15 6.7% 11.9% 1
    Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties 17 17.6% 14.6% 2
    King County 27 14.8% 19.6% 3
    Pierce County 28 14.3% 15.2% 3
United States 9,600 5.2% 5.2% 1,000

National employment

Major employers:

National outlook

Demand for this occupation will be steady. The number of families seeking home management advice is increasing. However, the number of small farms is declining. Thus, there are fewer farmers who need advice. This may limit growth.

The majority of job openings will occur as people retire.

Other resources

AgCareers.com (external link)
Western USA Office
Agriculture Council of America (external link)
11020 King Street, Suite 205
Overland Park, KS 66210
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (external link)
400 North Columbus Street, Suite 202
Alexandria, VA 22314
American Council on Consumer Interests (external link)
2840 West Bay Dr #141
Belleair Bluffs, FL 33770-2620
American Farm Bureau Federation (external link)
600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 1000W
Washington, DC 20024
American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (external link)
600 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20024
American Society of Agronomy (external link)
5585 Guilford Road
Madison, WI 53711
Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (external link)
4420 West Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50014
National Farmers Organization (external link)
528 Billy Sunday Road, Suite 100
PO Box 2508
Ames, IA 50010
National Future Farmers of America Organization (external link)
PO Box 68960
6060 FFA Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46268-0960
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (external link)
P.O. Box 3838
Butte, MT 59702
Nutrition.gov (external link)
Washington Farm Bureau (external link)
975 Carpenter Road NE, Suite 301
Lacey, WA 98516


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