Science is the largest career in the world. It constitutes many divisions and branches. Under this broad field, we have Animal Science. I will shed a little light on some vital things you need to know about Animal Science. The person who studies Animal Science is called an Animal Scientist.
An Animal Scientist deals majorly with farm animals. They develop ways to improve the quality (through balanced nutrition and other supplements) and quantity (through crossbreeding) of Farm Animals. It may interest you to know that Animal Scientists are also Researchers. They conduct research and experiments concerning Animal Nutrition.
They work to develop simple ways to produce and process animal products such as; meat, poultry, eggs, and milk. With these few things stated above, you will notice that Animal Science is a very interesting choice of career. Now let’s look at other duties of an Animal Scientist.
- Animal Scientists are responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at both tertiary and secondary level.
- They also work for regulatory agencies in state and federal government roles.
- They also work for animal production operations and may be responsible for herd management.
Criteria needed to be an Animal Scientist
- Scientific skill
- Critical Thinking skills
- Reading skills
- Writing Skills
- Fast Learning and Listening Skills etc.
Admission requirements to study Animal Science
You will need to offer the main science courses such as Biology, Agric Science, Mathematics, Physics, Geography or economics, Chemistry etc.
Make sure you have a high hit jamb and post utme score too (Nigeria).
Here are some job titles that you can take on as an Animal Scientist;
- Animal Scientist
- Agribusiness manger
- Food Inspector
- Stable manager etc.
How Much Do They Earn?
Salaries actually varies according to your level of education, experience and skills.
Median Annual Salary: $60,760 ($29.21/hour)
Top 10% Annual Salary: $114,800 ($55.19/hour)
Bottom 10% Annual Salary: $35.510 ($17.07/hour)