Careers for AnS and DyS graduates

The information on this page describes some of the most common entry positions for graduates in 2006. Average starting salaries for this year are predicted to be above $35,000. Placement rate in the past 3 years has ranged from 95% to 98%.

The Department of Animal Sciences offers two major programs - Animal Science and Dairy Science. The AnS major has specialized options in: General Animal Science, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Livestock Management, Animal Products, Pre-Graduate/Pre-Professional Studies, Companion Animal Management, and Equine Management. The DyS major has a specialized option in Pre-Veterinary Medicine.

1. Animal production and general agribusiness: careers include: livestock herdsperson, horse unit manager, kennel manager - all areas of direct work with animals. Starting salaries currently range from $26,000 to $40,000; additional benefits may include housing, utilities, vehicle, and meat/milk allowance.

2. Agricultural sales and marketing: careers include: animal health salesperson, nutrition consultant, livestock product specialist, urban pet food distributor, animal/livestock marketer, feed/equipment/semen salesperson. Starting salaries range from $32,000 to $45,000; a car, cell phone, and expense account are commonly added.

3. Agricultural business and finance: careers include: agricultural loan officer, small business management trainee, purchasing or merchandising agent for commodities (including international). Starting salaries range from $30,000 to $35,000.

4. Animal promotion and information: careers include: feature article writer, advertising development specialist, or marketer for major agricultural journals; animal breed association representative for sales development, export, and member services; USDA livestock reporting services; DHIA (dairy herd improvement association) supervisor. Starting salaries range from $29,000 to $34,000 with expense account and car often added.

5. Dairy food and meat science: careers include: APHIS (animal-plant health inspection service) quality insurance; pet food research or manufacturing quality control officer; livestock buyer for meat processor; meat and dairy processing quality control supervisor; new foods development technician; and foods processing facility management trainee. Starting salaries range from about $28,000 (government) to $45,000. Government positions generally include up to 18-month training period followed by significant salary increase and may have the best benefits and vacation (3-4 weeks) package immediately upon startup.

6. Veterinary medicine: career requires 4 years additional professional education; entrance into Veterinary Medicine professional program is competitive. Careers include: private practice in small, large, or mixed animal practices; state and federal government inspection services, military, industry research and technical services. Starting salaries after the completion of the DVM average around $55,000 to $60,000 for large/mixed animal practitioners and about $45,000 to $50,000 for companion animal practitioners. (BS graduates also enter colleges of medicine. Preprofessional program is quite similar.)

7. Advanced degree and biotechnology: career market is determined by degree. Bachelor  degree focused on biotechnology may lead to work in research laboratories at university, industry or government locations. Starting salaries range from $29,000 to $34,000.

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