How to become a farmer: Aimee's story

Meet Aimee, 21, from the Shetland Islands in Scotland, to find out more about life as a farmer. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

"Young people should definitely get involved in agriculture."

  • Aimee runs a farm with her sister - they look after cows and sheep and produce beef and lamb
  • Aimee juggles farming with studying and recently completed a degree in Agriculture
  • She uses Maths to keep track of the farm's accounts - for example, how much beef they sell each month
  • Her farm is very big and runs across 300 hectares. One hectare is the size of an international rugby pitch or Trafalgar Square in London!

What to expect if you want to become a farmer

  • Farmer salary: Variable ranging from £20,000 to £50,000 per year
  • Farmer working hours: Variable per week

What qualifications do you need to be a farmer?

  • Typical entry requirements: There are no set requirements. You’ll need practical farming experience, gained by working as a supervisor, dairy or arable unit manager, or assistant manager.
    Most farm managers have a qualification in Agriculture, like a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like Agriculture or Farm Business Management.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

Find out more on the Prospects website about the role of a farm manager.

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