Agricultural jobs are seasonal. The people that pull tobacco (yes, that is the right word, harvesting tobacco is pulling the leaves) do so when the plant is ready for harvest. It isn't a permanent job that exists in March of any year when County Business Patterns establishes its statistics. Seasonal work can be relevant. But agricultural work rides the different harvesting cycles of different crops in different areas. The Wiki, citing the New York Times, says that tobacco farms employ 30,000 workers annually. This ranges from planting, cultivating, topping, suckering, and pulling. The DOT lists the titles and alternate titles that exist in the tobacco farming industry:
TOBACCO CURER 523.682-038
Tobacco Farmworker 404.687-010
Tobacco Grader 409.687-010
Tobacco Grower 404.161-010
Tobacco Packer 920.687-134
TOBACCO-WAREHOUSE AGENT 259.357-038
Tobacco Weigher 222.387-074
TOBACCO BLENDER 790.381-010
TOBACCO-CLOTH RECLAIMER 589.686-050
- Wraps trademark band around cigars: Moistens or applies paste to tip end of band and presses ends of band together around cigars. Places banded cigars aside for further processing.
GOE: 06.04.38 STRENGTH: S GED: R2 M1 L1 SVP: 2 DLU: 77
- Ties tobacco leaves in hands (bundles) to facilitate processing: Selects loose leaves for hand and arranges leaves with butt ends together. Winds tie leaf around butts and pulls end of tie leaf into hand. GOE: 06.04.28 STRENGTH: S GED: R1 M1 L1 SVP: 1 DLU: 77
Hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers move materials to and from storage and production areas, loading docks, delivery trucks, ships, and containers. Although their specific duties may vary, most of these movers, often called pickers, work in warehouses. Some workers retrieve products from storage and move them to loading areas. Other workers load and unload cargo from a truck. When moving a package, pickers keep track of the package number, sometimes with a hand-held scanner, to ensure proper delivery. Sometimes they open containers and sort the material.
Hand packers and packagers package a variety of materials by hand. They may label cartons, inspect items for defects, and keep records of items packed. Some of these workers pack materials for shipment and move them to a loading dock. Hand packers in grocery stores, also known as grocery baggers, bag groceries for customers at checkout.
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All hand packers in the tobacco manufacturing industry, from sedentary to heavy and from unskilled to skilled, represent 100 jobs.