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First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry & Animal Care Workers

Also called: Animal Care Supervisor, Cattle Manager, Farm Manager, Sow Farm Manager

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Army or Marine Corps.

What they do:
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of animal husbandry or animal care workers.
On the job, you would:
  • Observe animals for signs of illness, injury, or unusual behavior, notifying veterinarians or managers as warranted.
  • Monitor animal care, maintenance, breeding, or packing and transfer activities to ensure work is done correctly.
  • Train workers in animal care procedures, maintenance duties, and safety precautions.


Math and Science
  • biology
  • management
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Resource Management
  • selecting and managing the best workers for a job
  • managing your time and the time of other people
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Hearing and Speech
  • recognize spoken words
  • speak clearly
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Leadership
  • Initiative
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Attention to Detail
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software
  • Valley Agricultural Software DairyCOMP 305
Spreadsheet software
Expert system software
  • Valley Agricultural Software Feed Watch


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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