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Career Opportunities for Animal Science Graduates

Are you a UConn ANSC graduate who wants to be added to our job opportunity listserv? 

Please email Michelle Lewis

Career Opportunities in Animal Science

A career in animal science makes you part of the biggest industry in the world! U.S. agriculture alone is a $157 billion business, and animal agriculture is the biggest component of U.S. agriculture, employing large numbers of animal science graduates. According to a study initiated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) results show that more than 52,000 annual job openings for new graduates during 2005-2010, and some 49,300 qualified graduates available each year for these positions resulting in a shortage.  For this reason employment opportunities for agricultural scientists are expected to be optimistic.

Today's animal science graduates go on to challenging careers in a large variety of different fields. Many fill positions in animal production. These opportunities require technical, personnel, and management training and can lead to jobs in livestock, poultry, egg and dairy units as well as horse farms, zoos, pet animal breeders and other related industries. Additional career opportunities exist in agribusiness, technical service, teaching, veterinary science and laboratory animal care.

Graduates are in demand to provide information on the availability of farm products (e.g. feed, equipment, etc.) and to formulate nutrition and health programs that lead to the efficient production of healthy animals. Others pursue careers in food processing and areas as different as Cooperative Extension, journalism, quality control and the inspection and grading of meat, milk and eggs.

Animal scientists with a background in molecular biology, microbiology or genetics are in demand for laboratory work in universities and the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry. Furthermore, with additional education and graduate degrees, more opportunities in research, teaching, extension and veterinary medicine become available.

Other growing segments in the animal marketplace are the increased use of companion animals (horses, cats & dogs) for pleasure, health support and recreation and the use and care of laboratory animals in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

The Department of Career Services at the University of Connecticut is at your disposal. They provide counsel on choosing the right career; help students write their resumés and assist students in finding a job through career fairs, job announcements and the alumni career network.

The following list provides you with an indication of the careers and industries that are available to individuals with an Associate (in some cases) or Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science:


  • Advertising Specialist
  • 4-H Agent
  • Agricultural Insurance Specialist
  • Agricultural Finance Specialist
  • Agricultural Real Estate Specialist
  • Animal Welfare Specialist
  • Animal Care Specialist
  • Animal Sales
  • Artificial Insemination Technician
  • Breed Analyst
  • Breed Association Sales/Promotion
  • Cell Culture Specialist
  • Companion Animal Breeder
  • Companion Animal Nutrition Specialist
  • Companion Animal Store Manager
  • Companion Animal Therapy Specialist Communication and Media Specialist
  • Dairy Unit Herdsman/Manager
  • Embryo Transfer Technician
  • Equipment Sales Representative
  • Equitation Instructor
  • Extension Educator
  • Farm Building Salesman
  • Farm Cooperative Manager
  • Feed Sales/Consultant
  • Food Processing Manager
  • Food Product Development/Researcher
  • Horse Farm Trainer/Manager
  • Horse Breeder and Trainer
  • Journalist
  • Laboratory Animal Technician/Manager
  • Livestock Herdsman/Manager
  • Manager Boarding/Training Facility
  • Marketing Specialist Meat Packing/Processing Specialist
  • Meat/Milk/Feed Testing Service
  • Pharmaceutical Sales/Service
  • Poultry Unit Manager
  • Public Relations
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Research Farm Manager
  • Technical Services Representative
  • USDA Meat Inspection/Grading Services
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Zoo Animal Specialist

These are available to Animal Scientists after further postgraduate training:

  • Agribusiness Manager
  • Banker
  • College/University Professor
  • Dentist
  • Extension Specialist
  • Food Inspector
  • Industry Manager/Director
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Lawyer
  • Management Consultant
  • Marketing Manager
  • Nutrition Consultant
  • Physician
  • Product Development Scientist
  • Product Regulatory Affairs
  • Production Manager
  • Program Analyst
  • Research Scientist
  • Sales Manager
  • Teacher
  • USDA Scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • Vocational Agriculture Teacher

Firms that Employ ANSC Graduates

Yet another way to develop an appreciation for the breadth of employment opportunities for Animal Science graduates is to consider the type of firms or enterprises that employ our graduates. Many of these firms have multi-national holdings and opportunities. A few are listed below:

General Employment Opportunities

  • Agricultural Foundations
  • Animal Boarding/Training Auctions/Order
  • Buying Firms
  • Companion Animal Services
  • Computer Services
  • Consultants
  • Employment Services
  • Farms and Ranches
  • Feed Companies
  • Financial/Investment Services
  • Food Processing/Preparation
  • Individual Proprietors
  • Livestock Equipment Services
  • Livestock Firms
  • News/Printers/Advertising Media
  • Poultry Operations
  • Research Laboratories
  • Systems Analysis
  • Veterinary Practices

Commercial Operations

  • Agway
  • American Cyanamid Co.
  • Anchor Laboratories
  • Canine Fence Company
  • Cargill, Inc.
  • Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
  • Cutter Animal Health Labs
  • Dow Chemical U.S.A.
  • Eastern Artificial Insemination,Inc.
  • Elanco Products Co.
  • Genex Corporation
  • Hoffman La-Roche
  • International Minerals Corporation
  • Merck Animal Health Division
  • Monsanto
  • MoorMan's
  • Occidental Chemical Co.
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
  • Purina Mills
  • Rochelle Laboratories, Inc.
  • Ralston
  • Salsbury Laboratories, Inc.
  • Select Sires, Inc.
  • Southern States Feed
  • Syntex Agribusiness, Inc.
  • Tuco Div. of the Upjohn Co.
  • W. R. Grace

Animal Product Firms

  • Armour & Co.
  • A. Salmon & Sons
  • Beatrice Foods Co.
  • CoPaCo
  • Durkee Industrial Foods
  • Erie Casein Company
  • Excell Beef Processors
  • Farmland Industries
  • Farmland Meat Co.
  • FIDCO (Nestle's)
  • Greenwood Packing Co.
  • Iowa Beef Processing
  • Jimmy Dean Company
  • Kraft Inc.
  • Kroger Company
  • Louis Rich
  • Meat Grading Service, U.S.D.A.
  • Oscar Mayer & Co.
  • Perri Sausage Co.
  • Quality Control Office, U.S.D.A.
  • Russer Foods
  • Tyson Foods
  • Stop & Shop Supermarkets
  • Union Carbide, Viscase
  • Con Agra
  • Wendy's International

Biotechnology Companies in Connecticut

  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals
  • Agrotek Inc.
  • AMF Cuno
  • AnaLabs Inc.
  • Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Bayer
  • Biopolymers Inc.
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Cheseborough-Ponds
  • International Biotech.
  • Miles Laboratories Inc.
  • Molecular Diagnostics Inc.
  • Novo Laboratories Inc.
  • Olin Research Center
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Stauffer Chemical Co.
  • University Genetics

Livestock Association/Societies

  • American Angus Association
  • American Dairy Goat Association
  • American Goat Society
  • American Hampshire Sheep Association
  • American Hereford Association
  • American Morgan Horse Association
  • American Paint Horse Association
  • American Quarter Horse Association
  • American Saddlebred Horse Association
  • Shetland Pony Club
  • American Simmental Association, Inc.
  • American Southdown Breeders Association
  • American Suffolk Sheep Society
  • Appaloosa Horse Club, Inc.
  • Ayrshire Breeders Association
  • Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders of USA
  • Chester White Swine Record Association
  • Holstein Association of America
  • Int. Brangus Breeders Assoc. Inc.
  • National Spotted Swine Record, Inc.
  • Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders
  • The Arabian Horse Registry of America, Inc.

Government Agencies

  • Joint Council on Food & Agricultural Sciences
  • National Research Council
  • Secondary & Post-Secondary Schools
  • State Animal Health Inspector Offices
  • State & County Extension Education Offices
  • State Departments of Agriculture
  • State Food Sanitation Control Offices
  • State Research Agencies
  • State Universities & Colleges
  • U.S.D.A Meat Research Lab
  • U.S.D.A. Agricultural Research Service
  • U.S.D.A. Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service
  • U.S.D.A. Center for Veterinary Medicine
  • U.S.D.A. Cooperative State Extension Systems
  • U.S.D.A. Food and Consumer Services
  • U.S.D.A. Food and Drug Administration

Industry Service Organizations

  • American Humane Association
  • American Meat Institute
  • Animal Welfare Institute
  • Association of Agricultural Consultants
  • Association of American Veterinary Colleges
  • Dairy Industry Councils
  • Farm Bureau
  • Food Products Association
  • Heifer Project International
  • Humane Societies - local & regional
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • Milk Promotion Services
  • National Cattlemen's Association
  • National Dairy Council
  • National Dairy Herd Improvement Association
  • National Livestock and Meat Board
  • National Pork Producers Council
  • Poultry Science Association
  • Winrock International Livestock Research & Training Center

Opportunities by Degree Option

Business/Service Employment Opportunities

    The Business/Service Animal Science graduates will benefit greatly from Cooperative Education or professional internships as they work under the direction of an industry leader to gain practical experience, earn money and academic credit all at the same time. Internships may be conducted in any Animal Science based industry or firm either nationally or internationally. Some of these positions also require a M.S. degree. Within the next 10 years, students in this option will have an ever increasing number of employment opportunities available to them - largely because of commercialization of new ideas in biotechnology. Today there are more than 1,466 biotechnology companies in the U.S. of which more than 250 reside in New England, with approximately 38 in Connecticut. Nationally, a shortage of qualified Animal Science graduates is predicted. Graduates will provide a vital link between the work of the professional scientist and the needs of commercial industries involved in the production, processing, distribution and preparation of animal food products.

    Typical employment opportunities include:

  • Dairy, Meat and Seafood Technical Assistants
  • Science Writer/Illustrator
  • Quality Control/Processing/Packing of Foods
  • Livestock Management Services
  • Breed Association Representative/Sales/Promotion
  • 4-H Education and Training
  • Milk/Feed/Food Testing Services
  • Humane Animal Care Services
  • Livestock Equipment Representative
  • Livestock Investment Firms
  • Product Application - Sales and Services
  • Inspection/Grading Services for Meat, Milk, Eggs & Wool
  • Directors Industry Service Organizations
  • Government Regulatory Agencies
  • Agriculture Journalist

Equine Science Employment Opportunities

For a more detailed list of career opportunities in the horse industry click here

Typical employment opportunities are listed below:

  • Managers of Stud Farms/Livestock/Poultry Operations
  • Herdsperson/Artificial Insemination/Embryo Transfer
  • Manage Meat/Poultry/Egg/Milk Processing Plants
  • Manage Ranches/Farms/Feedlots
  • Manage Research Farms and Facilities
  • Laboratory Animal Management
  • Manage Livestock Sales/Distribution/Marketing Systems
  • Manage Training/Boarding Facilities
  • Direct Livestock Associations/Societies
  • Individual Proprietor

Production/Management graduates and Equine Science graduates must have technical, management and economic training to be successful in producing food and fiber more efficiently. Fewer, but larger firms will be involved in this highly competitive and exciting aspect of Animal Agriculture. Cooperative Education, professional internships and hands-on experiences, combined with formal classroom instruction, provide an excellent background to gain access into these industries.

Click here to learn about what one Animal Science major was able to do with their degree!

Food Science Employment Opportunities

Food Science provides preparation for employment in the food industry. Students need to secure preparation in biology, chemistry and food science related courses. The food science option provides animal science majors with an opportunity to apply their academic training to the production and processing of food. The food industry is the nation's second largest employer (first is the Government) and people are always going to eat. Thus, many employment opportunities exist.

Typical employment opportunities are listed below:

  • Quality Control Technician
  • Research and development positions associated with flavor chemistry, ingredient technology, lipid and protein chemistry, carbohydrate functionality, and packaging
  • Research Microbiologist
  • Technical support for sales positions associated with specific products, Food sanitarian/inspector, Federal food grader, Food testing services, HACCP coordinator, Sensory analysis coordinator, Sales of ingredients, products, packaging or equipment

Pre-Vet/Pre-Grad Employment Opportunities

The Pre-Vet/Pre-Grad Animal Science option prepares students to seek post-baccalaureate professional training in graduate programs or colleges of veterinary medicine. After earning M.S., Ph.D. and/or D.V.M. degrees, graduates may consider employment in the following areas:

  • Animal Research Technician
  • College/University Teaching and Research
  • Practicing Veterinarian/Research Veterinarian
  • Extension/Adult Education Specialist
  • Research Scientist, Research Associate, Senior Scientist
  • Food Quality Control/Product Development Scientist
  • Administrative/Industry/Leadership Positions
  • Commercial Research/Product Development
  • Consultants - Veterinarians, Nutritionists, Biotechnologist, Management
  • Private Development of Animal Products/Services
  • Food Inspectors
  • Vocational Agricultural/Post-Secondary Educators
  • Molecular Biotechnologist
  • USDA Research Centers Faculty
  • Genetic Manipulation Specialist
  • Animal Care Technician
  • Cell Culture Specialist

Production/Management Employment Opportunities

Production/Management graduates and Equine Science graduates must have technical, management and economic training to be successful in producing food and fiber more efficiently. Fewer, but larger firms will be involved in this highly competitive and exciting aspect of Animal Agriculture. Cooperative Education, professional internships and hands-on experiences, combined with formal classroom instruction, provide an excellent background to gain access into these industries.

Typical employment opportunities are listed below:

  • Managers of Stud Farms/Livestock/Poultry Operations
  • Herdsperson/Artificial Insemination/Embryo Transfer
  • Manage Meat/Poultry/Egg/Milk Processing Plants
  • Manage Ranches/Farms/Feedlots
  • Manage Research Farms and Facilities
  • Laboratory Animal Management
  • Manage Livestock Sales/Distribution/Marketing Systems
  • Manage Training/Boarding Facilities
  • Direct Livestock Associations/Societies
  • Individual Proprietor

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