Farmers and ranchers
Number employed in 2006: 1,058,000
Percent change in 2016: -8.5 percent
Education/training: While many farmers receive their training on the job, getting a 2-year or 4-year degree at an agriculture school is becoming more important. Good managerial skills are important to successfully making a living in this industry.
2006 median salary: $43,520
Job outlook: The decline in farmers and ranchers continue as farms consolidate. However, as a generation of farmers retire in the next decade, there will be opportunities for new farmers, especially those who produce corn used for ethanol.
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(Globe Staff/David Kamerman)