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Title: Unit B1-4

Unit B1-4
  • Animal Science and the Industry

Lesson 4
  • Identifying Career Opportunities in the Animal
    Science Industry

Common Core/Next Generation Science Standards
  • RST.6-8.1-Cite specific textual evidence to
    support analysis of science and technical texts,
    attending to the precise details of explanations
    or descriptions (MS-PS1-2)
  • WHST.6-8.2- Write informative/explanatory texts
    to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts,
  • information through the selection, organization,
    and analysis of relevant content. (MS-LS1-6)
  • SL.8.5- Integrate multimedia and visual displays
    into presentations to clarify information,
    strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
    (MS-LS1-7),(MS-LS2-3) WHST.6-8.1 Write arguments
    focused on discipline content. (MS-LS1-4)
  • WHST.6-8.8- Gather relevant information from
    multiple print and digital sources assess the
    credibility of each source and quote or
    paraphrase the data and conclusions of others
    while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic
    bibliographic information for sources. (MS-LS4-5)

Bell Work!Be BELL WORK!
  • What type of agricultural career area you
    interested in?
  • Why do you believe people like working around
  • What type of animal would you prefer to work
    around? Why?

Interest Approach
  • Raise your hand if like to be around or work with
  • How many of you would like to get paid to work
    with animals?
  • What jobs are available in animal science?

Student Learning Objectives
  • 1. Identify career opportunities in livestock
  • 2. Identify career opportunities in pleasure and
    service animals.
  • 3. Identify science-oriented career opportunities
    in animal science.
  • 4. Identify career opportunities in the animal
    services sector.

Student Learning Objectives
  • 5. Identify career opportunities in animal
    science education and communication.

  • Draft animal
  • Laboratory animal
  • Service animals

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What are some career opportunities in livestock
  • Owning an animal production business is one way
    to be involved in the production of livestock.
    However, not everyone can own animals.
  • A person may not have the desire to run the
    financial aspects of the business or the
    opportunity to own livestock.

  • In that case, they may want to be employed by
    someone who does own animals.
  • Some of the career opportunities for them are
  • Farm/ranch worker and farm/ranch manager

  • Farm or ranch workerThis work varies based on
    the knowledge and ability of the person employed.
  • Duties range from general farm labor in doing
    routine jobs, such as feeding, sanitation, and
    moving animals, to more complicated tasks, such
    as treating sick animals.

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  • Small farms may employ a person to do a wide
    range of tasks. Workers in larger operations may
    be able to specialize in one or more areas.
  • Many entry-level positions are as farm or ranch
  • New employees are expected to have a general
    knowledge of livestock and work competently with

  • They need to quickly learn their job.
  • High school agricultural education is helpful.
  • Participation in FFA events also helps to gain

  • Farm managerThe farm manager carries out the
    everyday operation of the farm. They may also be
    responsible for long-range planning and setting
    production goals.
  • Farm managers are usually hired by corporate
    farms, institutional farms (such as colleges or
    universities), or by individuals who own a farm
    but do not want to be involved in the daily

  • Becoming a farm manager requires a great deal of
  • Employers most often look to hire a manager with
    years of experience and some type of education
    beyond high school.

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  • Tasks performed by a farm manager might include
    selecting and marketing animals, formulating
    feed, maintaining herd health, and supervising
  • Helpful preparation for this career includes high
    school agricultural education, being a farm
    worker, and post-secondary education in animal
    science or a related agricultural field.

What are some career opportunities in pleasure
and service animals?
  • Careers in pleasure and service animal areas are
  • Like most other career areas, people interested
    in this area should enjoy working with both
    animals and people.

  • Some of the various careers dealing with pleasure
    and service animals are
  • Horse industry worker, game and fisheries worker,
    conservation officer, fish hatchery technician,
    service animal worker, and laboratory animal

  • Horse industry workerIncreased interest in light
    horses for pleasure and racing has opened new
  • These jobs range from stable attendant to
    racehorse trainer. Most entry- level positions
    begin with
    hard labor.

  • Stable hands spend most of their time doing
    essential, albeit not glamorous, work such as
    cleaning the barn and feeding the horses.
  • As an employee becomes more experienced, they can
    advance to horse trainer, riding instructor,
    stable manager, or barn boss.

  • Preparation for this career area begins with
    personal experience with horses and high school
    agricultural education classes.
  • Advancement is helped by gaining experience and
    post-secondary education in equine science or
    some other related agricultural field.

  • Game and fisheries workersPeople with an
    interest in the outdoors and wildlife should look
    into a career in the game and fisheries sector of
    the animal science industry.

  • Conservation officerA wildlife conservation
    officer works to educate the public about fish
    and wildlife and enforces game and fish laws.
  • The duties may include conducting workshops on
    wildlife and the environment.
  • Conservation officers are usually hired by state
    and federal agencies.

  • Most wildlife conservation officers must pass
    both written and physical tests as well as
    complete training.
  • Experience and a college degree in a wildlife
    area are beneficial.

  • Fish hatchery technicianA fish hatchery
    technician raises and manages fish.
  • People employed in this field care for brood
    fish, tend eggs, maintain water quality, feed
    fish, provide for the health of the fish, and
    manage the facilities.

  • The fish may be for stocking private or public
    ponds, lakes, or streams.
  • Hatchery workers are generally under the
    direction of a fisheries biologist.
  • High school courses in mathematics, science,
    chemistry, biology, and aquaculture are helpful.

  • Service animal workersService animals are
    animals used to assist people with special needs.
  • Examples of service animals are leader dogs for
    the blind, companion animals, and draft animals.
  • Draft animals are animals used for work,
    primarily the power to pull machinery.

  • Most draft animals are raised as a hobby. In a
    few countries, however, they are still used as a
    major source of power.

  • People interested in this type of career will
    need to specialize even more in the type of
    service animal they would like to work with.
  • Trainers of leader dogs go through years of
    specialized training.

  • Laboratory animal workersA laboratory animal is
    an animal used in research to improve human and
    animal life.
  • Laboratory animals are raised and kept under the
    best possible conditions.
  • These animals play a vital role in the progress
    of human medicine and related areas.

  • Many of these animals are raised to meet specific
    qualifications for a certain type of research.
  • Some animals are bred with immune systems that
    are almost identical to human immune systems in
    order to help in AIDS research.
  • Laboratory animal production is a complex field.

  • It requires an in-depth knowledge of science,
    chemistry, and biology, as well as an interest in
    animal research.

What are some of the science-oriented career
opportunities in animal science?
  • There are several exciting and rewarding
    science-oriented careers in the animal science
  • Some examples are
  • Animal scientist, laboratory assistant,
    agricultural engineer, wildlife biologist

  • Animal scientistAnimal scientists study animals
    and work to develop improved methods of
  • Positions related to animal science are animal
    nutrition specialists, animal reproduction
    specialists, geneticists, chemists, and

  • An animal research scientist concentrates in a
    specific area of interest.
  • Most people who work in this field have an
    advanced college degree.
  • Personal needs are a high interest in scientific
    inquiry and knowledge of biology, chemistry, and

  • Laboratory assistantAnimal laboratory assistants
    help with experiments, care for laboratory
    animals, and raise laboratory animals.
  • Attention to detail is very important in this
  • A high school diploma with an emphasis in animal
    agriculture is a minimum.

  • Most laboratory assistants have some college
  • Several community colleges have excellent
    programs to train laboratory assistants.
  • Some assistants even have a masters degree in
    biology, chemistry, animal science, or a related

  • Agricultural engineerAgricultural engineers work
    with animal facilities, waste management,
    environmental impact, and improving animal
  • Engineers must have a bachelors degree and the
    ability to assess a problem and prepare a
    solution to it.

  • Wildlife biologistA wildlife biologist focus on
    wildlife animals and their habitat.
  • They may study an endangered species or
    concentrate on improving the environment for many
  • A wildlife biologist must be committed to
    studying animals and science.

What are some of the career opportunities in the
animal services sector?
  • People who provide for the needs of animals and
    help with marketing are important in the animal
  • Some jobs in the animal services sector are
  • Veterinarian, sales and service, and livestock

  • VeterinarianThese professionals promote animal
    health by providing care for sick and injured
    animals as well as working to prevent illness.
  • A veterinarian may specialize with specific
    livestock or generalize in treating all animals.
  • Becoming a veterinarian takes time and

  • Sales and serviceThis is one of the largest and
    fastest growing areas of animal science.
  • These people sell feed, ensure quality products,
    sell retail products, service equipment, operate
    stock yards, and provide information to the

  • Many sales positions related to livestock
    production require a college education.
  • The education should be in animal science or a
    related area.
  • Examples of specific job titles include
    veterinary assistant, feed mill worker, and sales

  • Livestock buyerA livestock buyer may be
    self-employed or work for a major packing
  • It is important that the buyer knows and
    understands industry and consumer demand in the
    meat market.
  • Training in animal selection is a requirement.

What are some of the career opportunities in
animal science education and communication?
  • Careers available in education and communication
    focus on dealing with people in the animal
  • Some of the various career areas are
  • Agriscience teacher, agricultural extension
    agent, and agricultural communication specialist

  • Agriscience teacherThese people work in the
    public schools.
  • They teach basic agriculture and specialized
    classes to students of all ages. Teachers involve
    students in the FFA.
  • A bachelors degree in agriculture and
    certification to teach agriculture are needed.

  • Agricultural extension agentThese agents work
    with local producers to help them improve
    production or solve livestock and other problems.
  • A bachelors degree in agriculture is needed to
    be an extension agent.
  • Many states require a masters degree either to
    be hired or within a few years of hiring.

  • Agricultural communication specialistPeople in
    this career area share information about
    agriculture and animal science to producers and
    the general public.
  • They may work with newspapers, radio and
    television, or in public relations.

  • A career in animal science communications will
    require a college degree in agriculture or
  • People employed in this field need to have a
    broad knowledge of animals and have an open
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