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Animal Science Major

Animal science is a major that typically falls into the Agriculture category.

There are 34 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in animal science, 116 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 71 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 50 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting an Animal Science Degree?

In 2017, roughly 6,000 animal science majors graduated with a bachelor’s degree. This makes it #69 in popularity of all the majors we track. The major attracts more women than men. About 78.9% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 3%
  • Black or African American: 3.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 10.8%
  • White: 74.9%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 1%
  • Other Races: 6.7%
Animal Science Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in animal science. About 1% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending animal science majors to the U.S. are China, Brazil and India.

What Will You Learn as an Animal Science Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to animal science to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Animal Science Majors

Animal science majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Animal Science Majors

Skills for Animal Science Majors

Animal science majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

Important Skills for Animal Science Majors

Abilities for Animal Science Majors

A major in animal science will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

Important Abilities for animal science Majors

What Can You Do With an Animal Science Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with animal science:

Careers Related to Animal Science
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Farm and Home Management Advisors



Aquacultural Managers



First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers



Agricultural Sciences Professors



Farm and Ranch Managers



Animal Scientists



Animal Science Major Salary

Average salaries range from $53,000 to $80,000 for careers related to animal science. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for an Animal Science Major  ( 53000 to 80000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

The area of the country you choose to work in will also affect your career and salary prospects. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Animal Science Major Jobs

Some careers associated with animal science require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much education 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 Levels for Careers Associated With Animal Science
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Animal Science Programs

There are 116 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in animal science, with 1 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Getting your degree online is not easy and includes watching and listening to hours of lectures, participating in group charts, submitting papers by the appropriate deadline and taking tests. Some online programs will also feature internships or in-person clinical hours.

Is an Animal Science Major Worth It?

The median salary for an animal science grad is $68,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 74% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $575,800 after 20 years!

animal science salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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