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How to Become an Animal Scientist

Are you an animal enthusiast? You can make a living working as an animal scientist. Animal scientists are trained professionals in animal physiology, biology and biochemistry. They study a variety of domestic animals with a focus on their genetics, reproduction, development and nutrition.

What do Animal Scientists do?

Animal scientists are responsible for carrying out the following duties:

  • Teaching graduate and undergraduate courses
  • Administering student lab work
  • Performing and publishing their research studies
  • Designing research studies
  • Administering lab assistants
  • Collecting data
  • Evaluating results
  • Inspecting farm production amenities
  • Establishing methods to optimizing the yield of eggs, milk, meat and various other animal products

Salary

Earnings for animal scientists depend on their dedication, level of expertise and area of practice.

 

 

Lowest 10 percentile

 

 

Median

 

Top 10 percentile

Annual wages

 

$36,370

 

$64,260

 

$123,670

Source: BLS

Skills

As an animal scientist, you need to have the following important qualities:

  • Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • Arm steadiness and dexterity
  • Ability to give issues an analytical approach
  • An inquisitive and judgmental mind
  • Ability to supervise and lead others
  • Excellent people skills
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • Complex problem solving abilities
  • Time management skills to manage own time and that of others

Qualifications

The job of an animal scientist might be comprised of various titles such as:

  • Animal nutritionist
  • Animal researcher
  • Zoologist
  • Veterinarian

The animal science course is inclusive of numerous facets of study within the disciplines of mathematics, biology and science. Requirements to become an animal scientist might vary depending on specialisation.

Aspiring animal scientists are required to complete a four-year degree in Bachelors of Science. This curriculum is inclusive of classes in reproduction, physiology, anatomy, behavior, nutrition, agricultural marketing, laboratory science, statistics, biology, chemistry, ration formulation and livestock production.

Animal scientists require advanced expertise in extensive knowledge and research in various topics such as genetics of livestock animals. They might pursue additional studies that might comprise of research into the enhancement of health and welfare of livestock. This knowledge can be obtained from pursuing a degree in Agricultural Science.

As an animal scientist, you can decide on pursuing graduate studies to earn a Masters or PhD degree. The majority of college level educators have earned an advanced degree in the specialty of animal science. Researchers also prefer pursuing advanced degrees to gain access to the best job openings in the field. if you pursue a Doctoral degree, you will be able to practice at a job that gives you a chance to complete expert animal research and become a leader to teams of animal scientists and researchers who are aiming at completing their master’s and undergraduate degrees.

Career Prospects

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 13% increase in opportunities for animal scientists. There is expected to be more competition for the positions in academia, particularly for professorial jobs at universities and colleges. Animal scientists who have secured advanced degrees will be open to numerous job openings in the field as a whole. There is a projection of more opportunities to be created owing to the recent advances and innovations in the biotechnology field.

If you are curious about animals and would like to discover more fascinating ideas about them while earning a living, this might be an optimal career for you!

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