Types of Degrees Animal Science Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many animal science graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Animal Science Majors Need to Know
People with careers related to animal science were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.
Knowledge Areas for Animal Science Majors
This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
- Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
- Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
Skills for Animal Science Majors
When studying animal science, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Active Listening - 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.
- Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Abilities for Animal Science Majors
As you progress with your animal science degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
What Can You Do With a Animal Science Major?
People with a animal science degree often go into the following careers:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Agricultural Sciences Professors||7.9%||$84,640|
|Farm and Home Management Advisors||7.7%||$49,840|
|First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers||2.1%||$46,960|
Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of animal science majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||253|
|Hispanic or Latino||833|
Students from other countries are interested in Animal Science, too. About 1.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:
- South Korea
How Much Do Animal Science Majors Make?
Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary
The median early-career salary of animal science students with a bachelor’s degree is $28,400 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $26,300 (25th percentile) and $31,700 (75th percentile).
One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to animal science.
Salaries According to BLS
Average salaries range from $52,700 to $79,940 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to animal science. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.
To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Animal Science
Some careers associated with animal science require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.
How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to animal science have obtained the following education levels.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|Less than a High School Diploma||0.9%|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||11.5%|
|Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production)||10.1%|
|Some College Courses||1.6%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||4.7%|
|Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master.||2.1%|
|Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level.||1.5%|
Online Animal Science Programs
In 2018-2019, 136 schools offered a animal science program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.
|Degree Level||Colleges Offering Programs||Colleges Offering Online Classes|
|Certificate (Less Than 1 Year)||17||4|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||14||2|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||50||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Animal Science Worth It?
The median salary for a animal science grad is $67,690 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 70% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $555,800 after 20 years!
Majors Related to Animal Science
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to animal science.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Agricultural Economics & Business||8,910|
|Food Science Technology||2,222|
|Agricultural Public Services||774|
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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