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.