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Animal Scientists

Also called: Animal Nutrition Consultant, Animal Nutritionist, Research and Development Director (R&D Director), Research Nutritionist

What they do:
Conduct research in the genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development of domestic farm animals.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.
  • Develop improved practices in feeding, housing, sanitation, or parasite and disease control of animals.


Math and Science
  • biology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • food production
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA sequence analysis software
  • SAS software Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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