An animal scientist is a type of agricultural and food scientist. Some animal scientists are involved in the inspection and grading of livestock food products. Other animal scientists may work in technical sales or marketing.
Animal scientists often advise agricultural producers on issues such as upgrading animal housing facilities lowering animal mortality rates and increasing production of animal products such as milk or eggs.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of agricultural and food scientists is expected to grow by 16 percent between 2008 and 2018. This growth will be a result of the need to increase the quantity and quality of food produced for our growing population in the United States and around the world.
Animal science is a specialized field that requires at least a bachelors degree in animal science. A master's or doctoral degree is usually required for research or teaching positions at universities.
The average yearly salary for an animal scientist is around $64500 with experienced animal scientists earning over $100000 per year.