Christmas Tree Farmer

What do they do? Grow and market trees for sale at Christmas.

Description: Being a successful Christmas tree farmer requires a lot of learning and knowledge of the crops you are planting. Twice a year the trees are shaped and trimmed to maintain their beauty and Christmas-tree appearance.

Education: Christmas tree farming requires no special licenses or education, but a person has to be self-motivated and hard-working. It is also necessary to know how to farm the crops you will be handling and to have good business and public relations skills.

Salary: The initial investment of the trees is expensive, because it takes three to four years to grow the first crop. After the start-up, a grower can make $30,000 to $100,000, depending on the number of acres planted and what the trees sell for.