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500 Master's Degrees Annually
218 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#150 in Popularity (Master's)
$67,690 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Animal Science Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many animal science graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 500
Doctor’s Degree 218
Graduate Certificate 1

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

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in animal science should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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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

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a animal science student include the following:

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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?

People with a animal science degree often go into the following careers:

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 Master’s Degree in Animal Science?

500 Master's Degrees Annually
67% Percent Women
17% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 67% 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 Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 6
Black or African American 21
Hispanic or Latino 50
White 328
International Students 75
Other Races/Ethnicities 20

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Animal Science, too. About 15.0% 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?

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 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, 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 Science Major  ( 52700 to 79940 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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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 schooling 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.

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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 2018-2019 academic year, 136 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) 17 4
Certificate (1-2 years) 14 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 36 2
Bachelor’s Degree 3 2
Post-Baccalaureate 17 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
Plant Sciences 972
Food Science Technology 704
Agricultural Economics & Business 650
General Agriculture 327
Soil Sciences 164
Agricultural Production 163
Agricultural Public Services 143
International Agriculture 62
Other Agriculture 56
Horticulture 14
Agricultural Mechanization 1
Food Processing 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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