Beef Careers

According to USDA-NASS, Iowa ranks 8th in the nation for all cattle and calves. In 2016, Iowa's beef industry directly employed 19,528 people. The beef industry offers a wide variety of careers from checkoff work, feedlot management to beef processing. Below are a few examples of careers available in the beef industry:

Iowa State Beef Teaching FarmEducation/Communications:

  • Beef Extension Specialist
  • Beef Checkoff


  • Product Marketing
  • Feed Sales
  • Pharmaceutical sales


  • Herdsman
  • Livestock Transportation Manager
  • Feedlot Management


  • Animal Health Technology Specialist
  • Veterinarian
  • Hoof Trimmer


  • Nutritionist
  • Cattle Feeder


  • Embryologist
  • A.I. Technician

Food Safety:

  • Food Safety Inspector
  • Microbiologist
  • Quality Assurance Manager