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6,605 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
500 Master's Degrees Annually
#65 in Popularity
$67,690 Median Salary

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
Bachelor’s Degree 6,605
Master’s Degree 500
Associate’s Degree 291
Doctor’s Degree 218
Undergraduate Certificate 109
Basic Certificate 90
Graduate Certificate 1

What Animal Science Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to animal science and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Animal Science Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in animal science should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • 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

A major in animal science prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • 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

Animal Science majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • 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?

Below is a list of occupations associated with animal science:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Agricultural Sciences Professors 7.9% $84,640
Animal Scientists 4.9% $58,380
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?

6,605 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
80% Percent Women
24% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 6,605 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2019, making it rank #65 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 80% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of animal science majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Animal Science Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 215
Black or African American 253
Hispanic or Latino 833
White 4,827
International Students 85
Other Races/Ethnicities 392

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Animal Science. About 1.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Brazil
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Canada

How Much Do Animal Science Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science was $28,400 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $26,300 (25th percentile) and $31,700 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a animal science degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Animal Science majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $52,700 to $79,940 (25th to 75th percentile). 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.

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Some degrees associated with animal science may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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.

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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%
Bachelor’s Degree 22.7%
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%
Master’s Degree 19.0%
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%
Doctoral Degree 20.1%
Post-Doctoral Training 5.7%

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
Associate’s Degree 36 2
Bachelor’s Degree 3 2
Post-Baccalaureate 17 4
Master’s Degree 71 4
Post-Master’s 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!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to animal science.

Major Number of Grads
Agricultural Economics & Business 8,910
Horticulture 4,451
General Agriculture 3,551
Agricultural Production 3,536
Plant Sciences 3,278
Food Science Technology 2,222
Agricultural Mechanization 1,537
Animal Services 1,070
Agricultural Public Services 774
Other Agriculture 551
Soil Sciences 434
Food Processing 244
International Agriculture 141

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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