What Can I Do with a Major in...Animal Science

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FARM RANGE PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT

Livestock Production

     Beef and Dairy Cattle, Swine, Poultry, Sheep, Horses

Livestock Feed

     Production, Development, Quality Control, Distribution/Marketing

Meat and Dairy Foods

     Production, Development, Quality Control, Distribution/Marketing

EMPLOYERS

Farm and ranch operations

Feed companies and operations

Meat and dairy processors

Processing plants

Inspection services

Extension services

Government agencies including:

     U.S. Department of Agriculture

     Food and Drug Administration

STRATEGIES

Develop physical stamina, outdoor skills and comfort being in close proximity with large and small animals.

Gain work experience in area of interest through internships, summer jobs or part-time work.

Minor in business if interested in management or self-employment.

Participate in related clubs and competition teams.

Become familiar with federal job application procedure for government work.

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AGRIBUSINESS

Sales

     Livestock

     Feed

     Pharmaceuticals

     Agriculture Chemicals

     Livestock Supplies

     Equipment: Farm and Feedlot

Management

Marketing

Public Relations

Customer Service

EMPLOYERS

Agribusinesses: livestock and feed

Pharmaceutical companies

Equipment and supply companies

Food and meat processing companies

Animal health firms

Breed organizations

Food distributors

Financial institutions

Livestock publications

Professional associations, e.g. National Cattlemen's Beef Association

STRATEGIES

Obtain relevant experience through internships.

Earn a minor in business.

Must be highly motivated and well organized.

Proven leadership abilities are desirable. Join related student organizations and seek leadership roles.

Develop a strong commitment to customer satisfaction.

Practice excellent communication skills, written and oral.

Develop computer skills especially with spreadsheet, presentation and database software.

Learn to work well both on a team and individually.

Join related clubs and become active with competition teams.

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EDUCATION

Teaching

Non-classroom Education

Extension

EMPLOYERS

Schools (elementary, secondary and post-secondary)

Extension services

Agricultural agencies

Agricultural communications and media firms

Agribusinesses

Government agencies

STRATEGIES

Obtain teacher certification for elementary and secondary school positions.

Secure masters or doctoral degree for post-secondary teaching or other advanced positions.

Exercise strong interpersonal skills.

Practice excellent written and verbal communications skills.

Gain related experience through volunteer positions, summer jobs, or internships.

Learn to work well with all types of people.

Seek leadership roles in student organizations.

Become familiar with federal job application procedure for government work.

Be prepared to live in rural communities for extension positions.

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VETERINARY MEDICINE
Areas of Specialization

     Small Animal Care

     Large Animal Care

     Food Safety

     Preventative Medicine

     Surgery

     Public Health

     Laboratory Animal Medicine

     Research

     Inspection

EMPLOYERS

Group or private practice

Federal government including:

     Department of Agriculture

     Department of Health and Human Services

State and local government

Colleges of veterinarian medicine

Medical schools

Research laboratories

Animal food companies

Inspection services

Pharmaceutical companies

Zoos

Wildlife sanctuaries

STRATEGIES

Research veterinary programs, take pre-vet courses to meet veterinary
school requirements, and prepare for application process.

Maintain an excellent grade point average.

Gain experience through volunteer positions, part-time jobs, or summer
work. Consider working as a Veterinary Technician.

Secure strong recommendations from professors.

Develop physical stamina, outdoor skills and comfort being in close
proximity with large and small animals.

Exercise close attention to detail.

Practice strong interpersonal skills.

Gain extensive laboratory and research experience for research
positions.

Obtain internships at zoos or other wildlife sanctuaries.

Become active in pre-vet and other related clubs.

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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Research

Product and Process Development

Genetics and Animal Breeding

Animal Nutrition/Health/Disease Control

Animal Behavior, Training and Caretaking

EMPLOYERS

Government and corporate laboratories

Colleges and universities

Livestock producers

Zoos

Wildlife sanctuaries

STRATEGIES

Advanced degrees are often required in these positions.

Earn post-graduate certification through the Animal Certification
Technician Board.

Gain extensive laboratory and research experience by working in
faculty laboratories through special problems courses, as a student
employee, or through other departmental programs.

Supplement curriculum with additional science courses in relevant
areas (e.g. genetics, animal behavior, microbiology)

Develop physical stamina, outdoor skills and comfort being in close
proximity with large and small animals.

Become familiar with federal job application procedure for government
work.

Gain work experience in area of interest through internships, co-ops,
or summer or part-time work.

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QUALITY CONTROL

Livestock Feed Inspection

Harvest Operation Inspection

Meat and Dairy Inspection

EMPLOYERS

Government Agencies including:

     Food and Drug Administration

     U.S. Department of Agriculture

Inspection services

Farm and ranch operations

STRATEGIES

Develop physical stamina, outdoor skills and comfort being in close proximity with large and small animals.

Become familiar with federal job application procedure for government work.

Gain work experience in area of interest through internships, summer jobs, or part-time work.

Join student organizations and seek leadership roles.

Participate in competition teams.

Practice strong interpersonal skills.

Exercise close attention to detail.

GENERAL INFORMATION
As an undergraduate, seek laboratory experiences such as research
projects, volunteering with professors, summer jobs, or internships.

Participate in research programs and internships sponsored by government organizations and private corporations.

Consider a certificate program or specialized master's program to qualify for research technician positions.

Earn master's degree for greater variety and autonomy on the job.
Earn a Ph.D. to work on high-level research projects, to direct research
programs, to enter high levels of administration, and to teach at
four-year post-secondary institutions. Postdoctoral fellowships may also
be required.

Learn to work independently and as part of a team.

Combine an undergraduate degree with a degree in law, business,
education, communication and information science, or other discipline to
expand career opportunities.

Consider earning an MBA after gaining work experience to reach the highest levels of agribusiness management.

The animal sciences are good preparation for a career in healthcare
such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, and veterinary science, but
professional degrees and licenses are also necessary to practice in
these fields. Become familiar with the specific entrance exam for
graduate or professional schools in your area of interest.

Join professional associations and community organizations and read
related journals to stay abreast of current issues in the field and to
develop networking contacts.

Actively participate in student organizations, competition teams, research laboratories, and other related activities.

Secure strong relationships and personal recommendations from professors and/or employers.

Learn federal, state, and local government job application process.
The federal government is the largest employer of scientists.

Gain experience with grant writing and fundraising techniques. Often research must be funded in this manner.

 

Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2006)
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