Projected Growth: Faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
Your job is to Conduct research in the genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development of domestic farm animals.
Common job titles of Animal Scientists include:
Experience and Education
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
51.85% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.
25.93% said they needed a Master's Degree.
Study nutritional requirements of animals and nutritive values of animal feed materials.
Conduct research concerning animal nutrition, breeding, or management to improve products or processes.
Develop improved practices in feeding, housing, sanitation, or parasite and disease control of animals.
Study effects of management practices, processing methods, feed, or environmental conditions on quality and quantity of animal products, such as eggs and milk.
Advise producers about improved products and techniques that could enhance their animal production efforts.
Write up or orally communicate research findings to the scientific community, producers, and the public.
Crossbreed animals with existing strains or cross strains to obtain new combinations of desirable characteristics.
Determine genetic composition of animal populations and heritability of traits, using principles of genetics.
Research and control animal selection and breeding practices to increase production efficiency and improve animal quality.
Ultraviolet UV visible spectrophotometers
Ultrasonic water baths
Triple beam balancesAll Tools
Tissue culture incubators
Specimen collection containers
Refrigerated benchtop centrifuges
Polymerase chain reaction PCR equipment
Orbital shaking water baths
Optical compound microscopes
Liquid scintillation counters
Laminar flow cabinets
Laboratory water baths
Laboratory vacuum pumps
Laboratory vacuum ovens
Laboratory fume hoods
Laboratory drying ovens
Infrared IR spectrometers
Hot plate stirrers
High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC equipment
Handheld digital thermometers
Gel electrophoresis equipment
Gas chromatographs GC
Evacuated blood collection tubes
Electronic laboratory balances
Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA sequencers
Computerized cattle feeders
Circulating water baths
Cattle squeeze chutes
Captive bolt stunners
Blood collection syringes
Automatic carbon dioxide CO2 incubators
Atomic absorption AA spectrometers
Artificial insemination kits
Animal heater lamps
Animal feed mixers
Animal catching equipment
Animal blood analyzers
Best Linear Unbiased Prediction BLUP
Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA sequence analysis software
Domestic Animal Diversity Information Service DAD-IS
FEEDLOT CALCAll Technologies
Master Ration Calculator
Nutrition Balance Analyzer NUTBAL
Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals OMIA
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Teaching others how to do something.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Category Flexibility
Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity