There are currently an estimated 6,100 animal scientists in the United States. The animal scientist job market is expected to grow by 4.9% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are animal scientists?

CareerExplorer rates animal scientists with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 7,600 animal scientists. That number is based on 300 additional animal scientists, and the retirement of 7,300 existing animal scientists.

Are animal scientists in demand?

Although the foreseeable future will produce relatively weak job growth in this sector, some opportunities are forecasted to exist. Most openings will be in private industry and will result from the ongoing need for research on domestic farm animals. Through the ongoing study of animal genetics, nutrition, reproduction, diseases, and growth scientists identify healthier and more efficient ways to produce and process meat, poultry, eggs, and milk. Increased concern for the environment and demand for bio-fuels will call upon the expertise of animal scientists to safely balance crop production with the preservation of soil, water, and ecosystems. Pharmaceutical companies, food distributors, government agencies, universities, breeding organizations, and livestock marketing associations are typically the largest employers in the field, presenting various technical, research, managerial, administrative, public relations, and sales opportunities. In the U.S., the National Cattlemen’s Association, National Pork Producers Council, and the National Dairy Herd Improvement Association employ animal scientists in promotional, educational, and business and consumer liaison roles. Animal scientists with the best job prospects and most in demand will possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree in animal or agricultural science and demonstrate skills in communication, critical thinking, and data analysis.

What’s the supply of animal scientists?

The animal scientist industry is concentrated in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan

Animal Scientist job market by state

State Name Employed Animal Scientists
Wisconsin 360
Minnesota 190
Michigan 160
New York 140
Texas 120
Missouri 120
North Carolina 110
Ohio 110
Iowa 100
Nebraska 90
Illinois 90
Maryland 80
Pennsylvania 70
Oklahoma 60
California 60
South Dakota 60
Georgia 50
Colorado 40