Graduate Salary
4 years
Avg Length

Animal Sciences Requirements

Animal Science is described as "studying the biology of animals that are under the control of mankind". Historically, the degree was called animal husbandry and the animals studied were livestock species, like cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, and horses. Today, courses available now look at a far broader area to include companion animals like dogs and cats, and many exotic species. Degrees in Animal Science are offered at a number of colleges and universities.

Professional education in animal science prepares students for career opportunities in areas such as animal breeding, food and fiber production, nutrition, animal agribusiness, animal behavior and welfare, and biotechnology. Courses in a typical Animal Science program may include genetics, microbiology, animal behavior, nutrition, physiology, and reproduction.

Animal Sciences Careers

The career trajectory of people with an Animal Sciences degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Animal Sciences degrees have experience in is Veterinary Technologist, followed by Veterinary Assistant, Animal Scientist, Livestock Feed Sales Representative, Equestrian, Rancher, Horse Trainer, Animal Caretaker, Kennel Technician, and Veterinarian.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Veterinary Technologist 3.9% 0.1% 30.8×
Veterinary Assistant 6.4% 0.3% 22.9×
Animal Scientist 4.1% 0.0% 154.2×
Livestock Feed Sales Representative 4.8% 0.0% 1455.7×
Equestrian 2.9% 0.1% 26.5×
Rancher 2.2% 0.0% 51.2×
Horse Trainer 2.7% 0.1% 40.1×
Animal Caretaker 2.0% 0.1% 14.5×
Kennel Technician 2.3% 0.1% 28.0×
Veterinarian 1.4% 0.1% 14.5×

Animal Sciences Salary

Animal Sciences graduates earn on average $30k, putting them in the 10th percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
25th (bottom earners) $22k
Median (average earners) $30k
75th (top earners) $40k

Animal Sciences Underemployment

Animal Sciences graduates are moderately employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

Employment Type Proportion of graduates
Jobs that don't require college 64%
Part-Time 27%
Low-paying 12%

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