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Tractor Sprayer in Field


Custom Prescriptive

Career Overview

What They Do


Custom applicators are responsible for the operation of spray equipment and the effective application of pesticides or fertilizer. They mix, load and apply pesticides and fertilizers to fields at approved applicable rates.  In addition to the direct application, they are also often working directly with the farmer to discuss the soil composition, growing plans, and desired outcomes with farmers to make the best decisions about applications to be conducted.  Custom applicators also operate and maintain a variety of equipment and vehicles including sprayers, spreaders and trucks. They must maintain accurate application records and communicate with customers.

Job Duties

  • Operate and maintain all equipment and vehicles

  • Mix, load and apply pesticides and fertilizers

  • Apply pesticides and fertilizers at applicable rates to the appropriate fields

  • Handle and deliver bulk and packaged chemicals

  • Perform daily vehicle inspections

  • Clean and maintain equipment

  • Maintain application/spray records

  • Manage customer service relations

  • Work with farmers to plan the most efficient and effective program to obtain desired outcomes

  • Organize and coordinate application timetable with customers

  • Knowledgeable of seed, chemicals and fertilizer to make informed decisions

  • Recertify spraying technician license and safety training every two years

Job Earnings


Average Annual Salary: $32,298

Education/Training Requirements

Certification as a commercial applicator is needed. An associate degree is not required but would enhance the opportunity to obtain the job.

Job Outlook & Growth


The current and future job market will be good for custom applicators.

Career Pathway

Ways to Start Preparing for Your Future Career TODAY!

Middle & High School Opportunities

Local Colleges/Training

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Where Can I Work?

Local GLOW Companies With
Custom Prescription Applicator Jobs
Growmark FS, LLC Logo
CY Farms, LLC Logo
Carolina Eastern-Crocker Logo
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