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Job Title: Horse Jockey

Description: Race horses from start to finish in the fastest time possible. Must be knowledgeable of horse breeding, training, performance, grooming and the ideal conditions to motivate each horse. While some horse jockeys get their start by attending jockey school, others start by working at barns, stables, or racetracks as hands, hot walkers, or groomers.

Degree Required: HS

  • High School Diploma is a diploma awarded for the completion of high school. In the United States and Canada, it is considered the minimum education required for government jobs and higher education. An equivalent is the GED or General Educational Development test.

Skills Required: Farm animal care, Good hand-eye coordination, Independent worker, Learns on the job, Quick thinker, Record maintenance, Ride/train horses, Thinks outside the box, Time management skills, Works under pressure

Market Sector: Farm/Ranch, Self-Employed, Small Business

Relative Salary:  $$

  • We did not collect actual income range information in our survey. Instead we chose to express income range with a number of dollar signs, expressing relative salaries. A single $ is relatively low salary compared to the average, $$ - $$$ is average, and $$$$$ is much higher than average income.

    Since each person surveyed may have a different viewpoint as to what constitutes an average salary, and since salary is often commensurate with years of experience, the number of dollar signs should not be regarded as an absolute, but only as an indicator.