Job prospects General Farm Worker - Livestock in Nova Scotia

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "general farm worker - livestock" in Nova Scotia or Canada.

Job opportunities in Nova Scotia

Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.

Prospects over the next 3 years


The employment outlook will be good for General farm workers (NOC 8431) in Nova Scotia for the 2022-2024 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.
  • Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities tend to be more favourable during the summer months.

Growth in Nova Scotia's agricultural sector continues to generate strong demand for this occupation. Jobs are often seasonal, short-term, physically demanding and may require working long hours. Opportunities are more common in rural areas of the province.

Here are some key facts about General farm workers in Nova Scotia:

  • Approximately 2,250 people work in this occupation.
  • General farm workers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Agriculture (NAICS 111, 112, 1151, 1152): 81%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 73% compared to 80% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 27% compared to 20% for all occupations
  • 44% of general farm workers work all year, while 56% work only part of the year, compared to 62% and 38% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 25 weeks compared to 30 weeks for all occupations.
  • 11% of general farm workers are self-employed compared to an average of 9% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 70% compared to 51% for all occupations
    • Women: 30% compared to 49% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: 39% compared to 12% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 33% compared to 26% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 10% compared to 10% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 13% compared to 27% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 5% compared to 17% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 8% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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