Farm SecretaryJob Description:
Farm secretaries are responsible for the day-to-day running of the business side of farms.Job Category:
What you will do:
As part of your day-to-day duties, you could:
- use tailor-made agricultural business software
- keep records of livestock and crops to
- help with crop and stock planning
- apply for government grants and subsidies
- prepare farm business accounts and tax returns
- deal with wages and staff records
- cost, order and pay for equipment and supplies
- do typing, filing and other general administrative tasks
- keep up to date with farming, health and safety and tax laws
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
- administration skills
As well as:
To become a farm secretary or work in agricultural administration, you don’t typically need specific GCSE subjects, but certain subjects can provide a strong foundation for the skills and knowledge required in this field. Here are some recommended GCSE subjects that can be beneficial:
- Mathematics: Strong mathematical skills are essential for handling financial transactions, budgeting, record-keeping, and managing farm accounts.
- English: Good communication skills, both written and verbal, are crucial for dealing with correspondence, creating reports, and interacting with farmers, suppliers, and agricultural organizations.
- Business Studies: This subject can provide insights into business management principles, which are valuable when dealing with the financial aspects of a farm and managing administrative tasks.
- IT/Computer Science: Familiarity with computer applications and software, especially those related to data management, spreadsheets, and accounting, is highly beneficial for farm secretaries.
- Science: General science knowledge can be useful in understanding agricultural processes and terminology. Agricultural science can be particularly relevant if you want to specialize in agricultural administration.
- Geography: Geography can provide insights into land management and crop planning, which may be relevant if you work in a farm management role.
- Economics: Knowledge of economic principles and market trends can be valuable for understanding the financial aspects of agriculture and making informed decisions.
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
- training with a professional body
In the UK for example, you may find it useful to do a college course in a relevant subject like:
- Certificate in Bookkeeping
- Diploma in Business Administration
- Certificate in Accounting
- Management and Administration
You could get into this job through a business administrator advanced apprenticeship.
You could apply directly for jobs.
You may also need experience in office administration and knowledge of bookkeeping.
Working Hours and Environment:
Typical working hours are 37-39 hours a week and your hours could be flexible.
You could work in an office, from home or on a farm.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could become a farm manager.
You could also move into other types of rural business, like stables or countryside management, or use your business and administrative skills in other industries.