Animal Genetics
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Animal genetics is a program that focuses on the scientific study of the genetics of multicellular animal life forms from the experimental, comparative, and clinical (veterinary and medical) viewpoints. includes instruction in molecular genetics, gene expression, gene regulation, genomics, epigenetic phenomena, dna recombination and repair, genetic interactions at the microbial and higher levels, and molecular evolution.
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($43K) with a Bachelor's Degree: University of New Hampshire - Main Campus
Career with the highest median salary ($108K) where most workers have a Bachelor's Degree: Software Developers
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Careers for program graduates
Animal genetics 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.
PhysiciansPostsecondary TeachersSpecialized Physical Scientist...Specialized ManagersSpecialized Life ScientistsMedical and Clinical Laborator...Biological ScientistsSpecialized Life, Physical, an...Elementary and Middle School S...PharmacistsMedical and Health Services Ma...Lawyers, and judges, magistrat...Education and childcare admini...Project Management SpecialistsSoftware DevelopersManagement AnalystsSecondary School TeachersRegistered NursesChief executives and legislato...
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What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
0204060Bachelor's DegreeMaster's DegreeResearch Doctorate
Completions over time
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Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in animal genetics doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field genetics, which includes animal genetics.
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How does the median (middle) salary for genetics majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
Distribution: genetics majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's ingenetics by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in genetics
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in genetics. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 72% of genetics majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of genetics majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 97% of other fields.
Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
48%43%103%0%20%40%60%80%100%120%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional
Top careers for those with a degree in genetics
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Genetics (which combines 4 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
  1. Physicians
  2. Postsecondary Teachers
  3. Specialized Physical Scientists
  4. Specialized Managers
  5. Specialized Life Scientists
  6. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
  7. Biological Scientists
  8. Specialized Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians
  9. Elementary and Middle School School Teachers
  10. Pharmacists
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Careers for genetics majors
Where do genetics majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in genetics
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by genetics graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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PhysiciansPostsecondary Teache...Specialized Physical...Specialized ManagersSpecialized Life Sci...Medical and Clinical...Biological Scientist...Specialized Life, Ph...Elementary and Middl...PharmacistsAll othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer animal genetics degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
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  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Top 10 similar programs
Following are related programs, ordered by those with the highest number of completions. You can explore a full list by pressing the more details button.
  1. Biology
  2. Biological and Physical Sciences
  3. Biochemistry
  4. Biomedical Sciences
  5. Neuroscience
  6. Exercise Physiology
  7. Cellular and Molecular Biology
  8. Specialized Study in Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  9. Biotechnology
  10. Microbiology
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Careers for genetics majors
genetics is part of a larger collection of programs: Biology. Is there a different program that's close to genetics 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.
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in animal genetics earned in the last academic year, 58% were women.
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Completions over time
Have completions by gender changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
Context: Percentage women
This major has a lower percentage of women than 46% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
Context: Salary inequity
For genetics graduates, men have a 24% higher median salary than women, This is high: 71% of programs have graduates with lower salary inequities.
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all animal genetics graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 65% of other programs.
Pacific Islander
American Indian
Not Reported
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Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 92% of other programs.