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Career Profile: Animal Scientists

Conduct research in the genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development of domestic farm animals.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 3,500 people employed as animal scientists in the United States. The median annual salary is $63,500. Entry level employees earn approximately $40,720 per year and senior employees earn approximately $125,250 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Study nutritional requirements of animals and nutritive values of animal feed materials.
  • Advise producers about improved products and techniques that could enhance their animal production efforts.
  • Develop improved practices in feeding, housing, sanitation, or parasite and disease control of animals.
  • Write up or orally communicate research findings to the scientific community, producers, and the public.
  • Study effects of management practices, processing methods, feed, or environmental conditions on quality and quantity of animal products, such as eggs and milk.
  • Conduct research concerning animal nutrition, breeding, or management to improve products or processes.
  • Research and control animal selection and breeding practices to increase production efficiency and improve animal quality.
  • Determine genetic composition of animal populations and heritability of traits, using principles of genetics.
  • Crossbreed animals with existing strains or cross strains to obtain new combinations of desirable characteristics.

Career List

Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
3,500
Annual Openings:
400
Increase in Openings by 2030:
10%
Annual Salary Range:
$40,720 - $125,250
Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree