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6,389 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
479 Master's Degrees Annually
#68 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 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 6,389
Master’s Degree 479
Associate’s Degree 304
Doctor’s Degree 192
Undergraduate Certificate 158
Basic Certificate 27

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

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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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

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to animal science:

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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?

6,389 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
79% Percent Women
22% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 6,389 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2018, making it rank #68 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 79% 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 191
Black or African American 232
Hispanic or Latino 691
White 4,783
International Students 61
Other Races/Ethnicities 431

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Animal Science. About 1.0% 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

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science have a median salary of $28,400 during the early years of their career. 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

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.

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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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for animal science careers below.

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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 the 2017-2018 academic year, 134 schools offered some type of animal science program. 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) 15 4
Certificate (1-2 years) 16 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 34 3
Bachelor’s Degree 2 1
Post-Baccalaureate 15 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 8,521
Horticulture 4,175
General Agriculture 3,457
Plant Sciences 3,327
Agricultural Production 3,279
Food Science Technology 2,262
Agricultural Mechanization 1,449
Animal Services 1,166
Agricultural Public Services 725
Other Agriculture 530
Soil Sciences 434
Food Processing 226
International Agriculture 131

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