Specialized Animal Sciences
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A specialized program that focuses on the scientific principles that underlie the breeding and husbandry of agricultural animals, and the production, processing, and distribution of agricultural animal products.
Current award levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in specialized animal sciences at each level last year.
0501001502000-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeMaster's Degree
People with this bachelor's degree have gone to work in these careers
VeterinariansAgricultural ManagersManagers (specialized areas)Postsecondary teachersHealth Practitioner Support Te...Elementary and middle school t...Agricultural workers (speciali...Physicians and surgeonsNonfarm animal caretakersPhysical scientists (specializ...General and operations manager...Registered nursesSecretaries and administrative...First-line supervisors of non-...First-line supervisors of reta...Retail salespersonsMarketing and sales managersCustomer service representativ...Chief executives and legislato...
Animal Sciences majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all specialized animal sciences graduates from this last academic year. We found a lower percentage of international graduates than in 63% of other programs.
Pacific Islander
American Indian
Not Reported
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 74% of other programs.
Of all people with any degree in specialized animal sciences earned in the last academic year, 83% were women.
Context: Percentage women
This is a higher percentage of women than 84% of other programs.
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in animal sciences, which includes specialized animal sciences and 8 other programs.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in animal sciences have a median salary of $54,771.
Context: Benefit of a master's
About 37% of these bachelor's graduates also have a graduate degree, perhaps in a different field. Salaries improved by approximately 24% over those holding only the bachelor's degree for those with subsequent graduate degrees.
As with our salary data, this data applies to all who earned a bachelor's degree in animal sciences, which consists of 9 programs.
Context: Unemployment Rate
With an unemployment rate of 1.6%, this degree's majors who are in the workforce are more likely to be employed than the bachelor's graduates of 76% of other fields.
Context: Self Employed Workers
About 18% of workers who earned a bachelor's in animal sciences are self-employed.
Top careers
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences (which combines 9 programs), perhaps followed by additional education in any field. There is a fun exploration of related degrees and careers under Explore Careers below.
Similar programs
Following are related programs, ordered by those with the highest number of completions. You can explore a full list in the last section for programs below.
Staring Salaries and College Debt by Award
How are students who recently completed a degree in Specialized Animal Sciences doing?

New data from College Scorecard gives us a glimpse into the earnings and debt for recent graduates in their first year or two after leaving school. Shown is the distribution of the medians reported for all schools with graduates in the given program/award level.

Starting salaries by award level
$28K$0$10K$20K$30K$40KBachelor's Degree
Median cumulative federal loan amount
$21K$0$10K$20K$30KBachelor's Degree
Salary and Employment for Majors
Understanding this data
This section's data applies to people with a bachelor's degree in specialized animal sciences
Employment overview
Percentage of animal sciences bachelor's graduates who are working

Does getting a bachelor's degree in animal sciences lead to a secure job? The donut chart shows the percentage animal sciences majors who are working along with a broad view of where they work. We note:

  • Self-employed workers include those working in a family-owned business.
  • Government workers can be in local, state or federal governments.

Technically, about 14.1% of animal sciences graduates are currently not working. However, only 1.6% are classified as "unemployed," while 12.5% are "not in the workforce." Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing whether people are out of the workforce for personal reasons or because they have been unable to find work for an extended period.

Percentage working by type of employer
Federal government
State government
Local government
Self Emp. Incoporated
Self Emp. Not Incorp.
Private not-for-profit
Private for-profit
Context: Unemployment rates

This chart lets you see whether animal sciences majors have better unemployment rates than bachelor's graduates from other fields. In the shaded box plot, the percentage of unemployed with this degree is shown in blue, along with the distribution of the percentage of unemployed graduates for each bachelor's degree field.

Salary overview
Typical salaries for animal sciences majors

How does the median (middle) salary for animal sciences majors compare to the median salaries for other majors? The chart below compares the median salaries for all bachelor's graduates by major. Here and everywhere that we discuss salary, we limit the population to those with bachelor's degrees who report working at least 35 hours a week and are aged 65 and younger.

Context: median salaries
Distribution: Salaries by Employer

Above we compared the median salaries earned across college majors. Now we'll view the full salary range for animal sciences majors. The charts below show the full distribution of salaries for this degree alone, with a look at how the type of employer might affect that salary. This salary includes all people who may also have received graduate education in this or any field. You can tease out the importance of graduate education in the last tab in the section.

$54K$52K$52K$57K$80K$70K$38K$55K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KPrivate not-for-profit (7.5% )Local government (5.7% )State government (9.2% )Private for-profit (54.8% )Federal government (4.6% )Self Emp. Incoporated (8.5% )Self Emp. Not Incorp. (9.5% )Overall (100%)

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

The battle of the sexes
Gender and success for animal sciences majors

The donut chart shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in animal sciences. In the graphs that follow, we'll explore how these percentages compare to other bachelor's holders, and we'll also investigate the impact of gender on pay.

Men (51%)
Women (49%)
Context: Gender representation

How does the gender balance change according to college major? In the chart below, we see that animal sciences has more women than most other degrees.

Distribution: salaries by gender

The chart below shows the distribution of salaries by gender of animal sciences majors who are working 35 or more hours and are 65 or younger. If salaries are balanced for men and women, the blue and pink bars will be about the same. Many programs' graduates struggle with men's wages higher at all points of the salary distribution, including significantly higher top salaries.

Context: Salary inequity

For animal sciences graduates, men generally earn 31% more than women. This is high: 67% of programs have graduates with lower salary inequities.

Age and Advancement
Insights from the ages of animal sciences bachelor's-holders

The ages of people in the US with a bachelor's degree in animal sciences can give us a hint about whether this degree is in-fashion or out-of-fashion. A higher percentage of older people with a degree suggests that newer degree options have edged out this degree for recent graduates. Likewise, a higher percentage of younger people with a degree may suggest that this degree has become more popular in recent years.

Careeer Advancement

What entry-level pay should you expect in your first job, and is the mid-level pay significantly higher? Below we see salary distributions by age group for animal sciences graduates who are working 35 or more hours weekly. Is there room for advancement in careers that stem from this degree?

$25K$68K$40K$74K$53K$68K$67K$62K$74K$0$50K$100K$150KSalaries by age20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
05K10K15K20KNumber with major20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Need for higher degrees
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?

Can animal sciences majors earn a high salary without obtaining a graduate degree? Below, we dive into the prevalence of graduate degrees for animal sciences majors, and we explore how much a graduate degree can be expected to increase salaries. Among all specialized animal sciences completions reported last year, 47% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 2% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in specialized animal sciences
0-1 Year Certificate
1-2 Year Certificate
2-4 Year Certificate
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Postbaccalaureate Cert
Master's Degree
Post-master's Cert
Professional Deg/Doct
Research Doctorate
Other Doctorate
Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree

The donut shows the degree levels awarded in specialized animal sciences today. Now we'll use American Community Survey (ACS) data and look at all workers in the US who majored in animal sciences when in college.

We know that about 37% animal sciences majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of animal sciences majors also earned a graduate degree is near the middle in comparison to other fields.

Distribution: animal sciences majors' salaries by education level

We saw above that 37% earned a graduate degree after earning a bachelor's in animal sciences, but was this necessary for earning a good salary? We can see this answer in two ways. First, we can see the salary distribution for people with a bachelor's in animal sciences by their highest education attained. Remember, we only know the field for the bachelor's degree; the graduate degree can be in any field.

$48K$59K$85K$84K$0$50K$100K$150KBachelor's DegreeMaster's DegreeResearch DoctorateProfessional Deg/Doct

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Context: Percentage boost obtained with a graduate degree

The second way that we can explore the impact of higher education on salary is to compare median salaries for workers with each level of education. We measure the percentage increase over the bachelor's salary that each higher degree achieved, and contrast that with similar measurements for other fields.

Sure, we think a higher degree would almost always help salary, but are there some majors that "need" a higher degree (in either the same or a new field) more than others in order to reach their earnings potential?

24%76%77%0%50%100%150%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to Research DoctorateBachelor's to Professional Doctorate
Explore Careers
Careers for animal sciences majors
Careers for animal sciences majors

As we explained at the start of the previous section "Salary and Employment for Majors", the career data in all of these tabs is supported by the American Community Survey (ACS), which provides career information based on the broad degree animal sciences. For of the career statistics we report here, we consider all bachelor-holders in specialized animal sciences and 8 other programs to fall under the ACS data we aggregated for the animal sciences degree.

Here we look at ACS survey respondents across the US with a bachelor's degree in animal sciences, and we see their top careers. You can explore the salary distributions for all people in those careers, as well as the typical education help by workers in that job. If you see ** before the job name, that tells you that the Department of Education recommends this job for people with a degree in specialized animal sciences. We did not find always find a strong correlation between that advice and where people were working.

Select any column header to sort by that column, and select any row to explore that career.
Salary distribution 0-$200,000.
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Percentage with degree who are in job
**Agricultural Managers
Managers (specialized areas)
**Postsecondary teachers
Health Practitioner Support Technologists and Technicians
Elementary and middle school teachers
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives
Agricultural workers (specialized areas)
Physicians and surgeons
Nonfarm animal caretakers
Physical scientists (specialized areas)
General and operations managers
Registered nurses
Secretaries and administrative assistants
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
Retail salespersons
Marketing and sales managers
Customer service representatives
Chief executives and legislators
Other routes to the top ten careers
Other majors that are hired by the top ten animal sciences careers

Take a minute with this sankey diagram, and use your mouse/touch to explore. You can follow the top ten jobs held by animal sciences graduates, and then, in turn, you can see the largest 10 degrees hired by each of those careers. We hope this gives you a glimpse at where you can most realistically hope to get a job with this degree, but also see alternatives for the same employment options. It's worth noting that for many degrees, the top ten jobs don't account for even half of the graduates. The data warns us / encourages us that a degree is only one piece of the puzzle that determines where we land.

BiologyAnimal SciencesZoologyNursingMultidisciplinary or General ScienceChemistryHealth/Medical Specialized PreparationPsychologyHealth and Medical Preparatory ProgramsGeneral AgricultureAgriculture Production and ManagementPlant Science and AgronomyBusiness Management and AdministrationGeneral BusinessAgricultural EconomicsAccountingEconomicsElectrical EngineeringMechanical EngineeringPolitical Science and GovernmentMarketingFinanceEnglish Language and LiteratureMathematicsGeneral EducationHistoryPhysicsElementary EducationSpecial Needs EducationEarly Childhood EducationArt and Music EducationLanguage and Drama EducationLiberal ArtsPharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and AdministrationMedical Technologies TechniciansCommunicationsBiochemical SciencesMicrobiologyPhysiologyVeterinariansAgricultural ManagersManagers (specializedareas)Postsecondary teachersElementary and middleschool teachersHealth Practitioner SupportTechnologists andTechniciansWholesale andmanufacturing salesrepresentativesAgricultural workers(specialized areas)Physicians and surgeonsGeneral and operationsmanagersAll othersThis degreeTop 10 CareersTop 10 degrees hired
Jobs that choose animal sciences majors
What careers hire animal sciences majors as one of their top 10?

What jobs are especially seeking you out? The previous section let you explore the top ten jobs for people who earn bachelor's degrees in this field. Now we turn the tables a bit. What jobs have animal sciences as one of the top ten majors they hire? Take this with a grain of salt, though, since some majors have more than 100,000 annual graduates and others have only a few thousand. Maybe employers would hire more of certain low-number majors if they could be found. In the bottom Sankey box, we show you the proportion of animal sciences majors that are accounted for by the top 10 jobs -- there are a myriad of other options for most majors.

Dietitians and nutritionistsAgricultural and food scientistsAll other careersAnimal SciencesAll other degreesCareers where this degree is a top 10 hireDegree
Where can I complete this program?
What schools offer this program?
Explore similar programs

Specialized Animal Sciences is part of a larger collection of programs: Agriculture. Is there a different program that's close to Specialized Animal Sciences that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.

Award Levels
Less than Bachelor's