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Animal Scientists

Also called: Animal Nutritionist, Animal Scientist, Beef Cattle Specialist, Research and Development Director

What they do:
Conduct research in the genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development of domestic farm animals.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


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


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
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


  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • 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
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA sequence analysis software
  • Nutrition Balance Analyzer NUTBAL
Data base user interface and query software
  • Domestic Animal Diversity Information Service DAD-IS
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


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

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