Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 19-1011 Animal Scientists
Conduct research in the genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development of domestic farm animals.
Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
OJT: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Tasks: Communicate research findings to the scientific community, producers, and the public. Study effects of management practices, processing methods, feed, or environmental conditions on quality and quantity of animal products, such as eggs and milk. Conduct research concerning animal nutrition, breeding, or management to improve products or processes. Study nutritional requirements of animals and nutritive values of animal feed materials. Advise producers about improved products and techniques that could enhance their animal production efforts. Research and control animal selection and breeding practices to increase production efficiency and improve animal quality. Develop improved practices in feeding, housing, sanitation, or parasite and disease control of animals. Crossbreed animals with existing strains or cross strains to obtain new combinations of desirable characteristics. Determine genetic composition of animal populations and heritability of traits, utilizing principles of genetics.
License: License not required.
Outlook: No Change
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