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361 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#222 in Popularity
$35,260 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Animal Services Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many animal services graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 365
Associate’s Degree 345
Basic Certificate 283
Undergraduate Certificate 173

What Animal Services Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to animal services 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 Services Majors

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

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills for Animal Services Majors

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

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Animal Services Majors

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

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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.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Animal Services Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with animal services:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Agricultural Sciences Professors 7.9% $84,640
Animal Trainers 11.1% $29,290
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers 24.2% $23,760

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Services?

365 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
94% Percent Women
8% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 361 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal services in 2018, making it rank #222 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 94% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Animal Services Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 13
White 315
International Students 4
Other Races/Ethnicities 28

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Animal Services, too. About 1.1% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Colombia
  • Germany
  • Venezuela

How Much Do Animal Services Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in animal services made a median starting salary of $21,400 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $17,800 (25th percentile) and $23,875 (75th percentile).

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It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to animal services.

Salaries According to BLS

Animal Services majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $25,890 to $90,890 (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.

Median Salary for an Animal Services Major  ( 25890 to 90890 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some degrees associated with animal services 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 services have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 12.4%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 41.2%
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) 3.0%
Some College Courses 6.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 8.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 6.1%
Master’s Degree 3.4%
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. 0.2%
Doctoral Degree 13.3%
Post-Doctoral Training 6.5%

Online Animal Services Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 83 schools offered some type of animal services 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) 28 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 25 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 42 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 28 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Animal Services Worth It?

The median salary for a animal services grad is $35,260 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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

Major Number of Grads
Agricultural Economics & Business 8,521
Animal Science 7,549
Horticulture 4,175
General Agriculture 3,457
Plant Sciences 3,327
Agricultural Production 3,279
Food Science Technology 2,262
Agricultural Mechanization 1,449
Agricultural Public Services 725
Other Agriculture 530
Soil Sciences 434
Food Processing 226
International Agriculture 131

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