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19-1011.00 - Animal Scientists

Conduct research in the genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development of domestic farm animals.

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The tasks listed below can be performed to prepare you for a career in this field.
  • Conduct research concerning animal nutrition, breeding, or management to improve products or processes.
  • Advise producers about improved products and techniques that could enhance their animal production efforts.
  • Study nutritional requirements of animals and nutritive values of animal feed materials.
  • Study effects of management practices, processing methods, feed, or environmental conditions on quality and quantity of animal products, such as eggs and milk.
  • Develop improved practices in feeding, housing, sanitation, or parasite and disease control of animals.
  • Research and control animal selection and breeding practices to increase production efficiency and improve animal quality.
  • Determine genetic composition of animal populations and heritability of traits, using principles of genetics.
  • Crossbreed animals with existing strains or cross strains to obtain new combinations of desirable characteristics.
  • Write up or orally communicate research findings to the scientific community, producers, and the public.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The items listed below are organized into sections that contain knowledge useful for pursuing a career in this field. Each section also contains a "Percentage of Importance" statistic that shows how relevant an item is to the occupation.
  • 93%
    Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 English Language
  • 85%
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 81%
    Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • 81%
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 Food Production
  • 81%
    Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
 Education and Training
  • 80%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 Computers and Electronics
  • 67%
    Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 Administration and Management
  • 65%
    Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 Customer and Personal Service
  • 64%
    Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 Production and Processing
  • 62%
    Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 Sales and Marketing
  • 60%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 Engineering and Technology
  • 60%
    Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 Communications and Media
  • 58%
    Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • 57%
    Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • 56%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 Law and Government
  • 55%
    Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • 54%
    Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 Economics and Accounting
  • 54%
    Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
 Public Safety and Security
  • 54%
    Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 Medicine and Dentistry
  • 52%
    Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 Personnel and Human Resources
  • 50%
    Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The tools listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Harness goods
  • Calf restraints
 Poultry and livestock equipment
  • Animal catching equipment
  • Animal feeders
  • Animal heater lamps
  • Artificial insemination kits
  • Calf pullers
  • Cattle squeeze chutes
  • Computerized cattle feeders
  • Dehorners
  • Ear punches
  • Brooders
  • Poultry incubators
  • Animal feed mixers
 Laboratory heating and drying equipment
  • Bunsen burners
  • Hot plate stirrers
 Histology equipment
  • Dissecting kits
 Fluid mechanics equipment
  • Liquid scintillation counters
  • Laser densitometers
  • Scanning densitometers
 Laboratory enclosures and accessories
  • Laboratory fume hoods
  • Laminar flow cabinets
 Laboratory baths
  • Circulating water baths
  • Laboratory water baths
  • Orbital shaking water baths
  • Ultrasonic water baths
 Laboratory centrifuges and accessories
  • Microcentrifuges
  • Microultracentrifuges
  • Benchtop centrifuges
  • Refrigerated benchtop centrifuges
  • Ultracentrifuges
 Specimen collection and transport containers and supplies
  • Evacuated blood collection tubes
  • Specimen collection containers
 Laboratory incubating equipment
  • Tissue culture incubators
  • Automatic carbon dioxide CO2 incubators
 Laboratory ovens and accessories
  • Laboratory vacuum ovens
  • Laboratory drying ovens
  • Hybridization chambers
 Laboratory pumps and tubing
  • Laboratory vacuum pumps
 Laboratory electrophoresis and blotting system and supplies
  • Slab dryers
  • Fraction collectors
  • Gel electrophoresis equipment
 Weight measuring instruments
  • Electronic laboratory balances
  • Cattle scales
  • Livestock scales
  • Triple beam balances
  • Analytic balances
 Viewing and observing instruments and accessories
  • Imaging microscopes
  • Optical compound microscopes
 Temperature and heat measuring instruments
  • Bomb calorimeters
  • Calorimeters
  • Handheld digital thermometers
 Spectroscopic equipment
  • Fluorescence spectrophotometers
  • Ultraviolet UV visible spectrophotometers
  • Atomic absorption AA spectrometers
  • Infrared IR spectrometers
 Chromatographic measuring instruments and accessories
  • Gas chromatographs GC
  • High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC equipment
 Clinical and diagnostic analyzers and accessories and supplies
  • Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA sequencers
  • Animal blood analyzers
 General laboratory glassware and plasticware and supplies
  • Graduated beakers
  • Erlenmeyer flasks
  • Volumetric flasks
  • Graduated cylinders
 Veterinary equipment
  • Balling guns
  • Veterinary emasculators
 Syringes and accessories
  • Blood collection syringes
  • Laptop computers
  • Desktop computers
  • Personal computers
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The technologies listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Content authoring and editing software
  • Microsoft WordHOT
  • Word processing software
  • Microsoft PowerPointHOT
  • Microsoft ExcelHOT
 Data management and query software
  • Database software
  • Domestic Animal Diversity Information Service DAD-IS
  • Microsoft AccessHOT
  • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals OMIA
  • Structured query language SQLHOT
  • TableauHOT
 Industry specific software
  • Autodesk AutoCADHOT
  • Best Linear Unbiased Prediction BLUP
  • Cowculator
  • Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA sequence analysis software
  • Master Ration Calculator
  • Nutrition Balance Analyzer NUTBAL
  • VSNi ASReml
  • VSNi GenStat
 Information exchange software
  • Email software
  • ESRI ArcGIS softwareHOT
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The certifications listed below are useful to pursue if you are interested in a career in this field.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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Research Safety Specialist University of Maryland Sat, 19 Mar 2022 02:13:48 GMT | 4 months ago College Park, MD 20742 Must be capable of and willing to work where animals are present. A professional certification in safety engineering, industrial hygiene and/or hazardous…
Associate Scientist I - PKPD (Temporary) WuXi AppTec Inc Fri, 20 May 2022 02:09:39 GMT | 30+ days ago Cranbury, NJ 08512 Associate’s degree in animal science, biology, or a related discipline. Bachelor’s degree in animal science, biology, or a related discipline.
Lab Research Technician University of Vermont Tue, 10 May 2022 18:30:19 GMT | 30+ days ago Burlington, VT Bachelor Degree in animal science, biology or related field and two years of related experience required. Activities would include: maintain, culture, and treat…
Associate Scientist II WuXi AppTec Inc Fri, 05 Aug 2022 10:03:35 GMT | 3 days ago Cranbury, NJ 08512 Associate’s degree in animal science, biology, or a related discipline. Bachelor’s degree in animal science, biology, or a related discipline.
Ag Research Technician I (Clay Center, NE) University of Nebraska Sat, 30 Jul 2022 00:36:04 GMT | 10 days ago Lincoln, NE Associate’s degree in animal science or related field preferred. Ability to care for, saddle, and ride horses in order to sort individual animals from groups in…
Farm Animal Research Technician - Swine Unit Purdue University Thu, 30 Jun 2022 19:36:50 GMT | 30+ days ago West Lafayette, IN 47906 Assisting supervisor in selecting replacement animals and visually inspecting newly acquired animals to determine their general health and suitability for…
Animal Care Technician 1 - Research Vivarium Charles River Laboratories Wed, 29 Jun 2022 19:07:30 GMT | 30+ days ago South San Francisco, CA 94080 This position is hands-on with responsibilities including, but not limited to animal husbandry, animal handling and restraint, animal health observations, cage…
Research Associate II University of Tennessee Mon, 25 Apr 2022 21:45:10 GMT | 30+ days ago Knoxville, TN A PhD in animal science, bioinformatics, computer science, genomics, or other natural or life science with research experience in the area of genomics, or…
Medical Research Technician Tulane University Fri, 24 Jun 2022 00:44:36 GMT | 30+ days ago Covington, LA Bachelor of Science degree in animal science, biochemistry, biology or genetics. If required to work during a closure, employee must provide accurate and…
Research Specialist University of Idaho Fri, 10 Jun 2022 21:32:43 GMT | 30+ days ago Moscow, ID 83844 Willingness and ability to work with food animal species. Bachelors degree in animal science, physiology, nutrition, dairy science, veterinary science or…
Director of the American Institute for Goat Research Langston University Tue, 01 Jun 2021 22:51:56 GMT | 14 months ago Langston, OK M - F (8-5) Sometimes Weekends. Langston University invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the American Institute for Goat…
Research Assistant - Agricultural Research Fort Valley State University Mon, 16 May 2022 21:02:32 GMT | 30+ days ago Fort Valley, GA 31030 Take care of research animals. Assist with integrated research on animal stress physiology, behavior, meat quality, food safety, including live animal…
Swine Research Specialist Christensen Farms Fri, 29 Jul 2022 21:06:38 GMT | 10 days ago Saint James, MN 56081 The duties of this job require a high degree of skill in animal care, animal handling, and accuracy of work. Responsible and appropriate use of medications for…
Assistant Professor Poultry Nutritionist The Ohio State University Tue, 24 May 2022 11:12:00 GMT | 30+ days ago Wooster, OH 44691 Expertise and future research priorities should advance scientific knowledge in areas important to the poultry industry, including but not limited to: the…
Research and Data Analytics Manager Carthage System Tue, 19 Jul 2022 00:14:03 GMT | 21 days ago Carthage, IL 62321 A bachelor’s degree in animal science or related field AND. The Research and Data Analytics Manager (RDA) reports to the Research Scientist and works closely…
Research Support Specialist- Surgery Technician 1 1 Charles River Laboratories Thu, 04 Aug 2022 19:41:36 GMT | 4 days ago Baltimore, MD 21224 Instruct facility required animal handling and restraint classes for new animal users. Perform animal health assessments and carry out veterinary prescribed…
Production Manager of Research Operations Carthage System Fri, 03 Jun 2022 16:19:48 GMT | 30+ days ago Carthage, IL 62321 The Production Manager of Research Operations is responsible for leading a team of Research Associates focused on conducting cutting-edge research within…
Global Product Stewardship Researcher Procter & Gamble Thu, 04 Aug 2022 01:16:51 GMT | 5 days ago Mason, OH 45040 The candidate will be expected to actively participate in training related to the laboratory animal field and to demonstrate proficiency with in-vivo study…
Postdoc Research Associate - Animal Science Lincoln University of Missouri Fri, 24 Jun 2022 19:31:40 GMT | 30+ days ago Jefferson City, MO 65101 This position will also work with a group of animal scientists, staff, graduate students, and farmer participants. Field sampling and lab analysis.
Beef Nutritionist (Field) – SD and ND Alltech Thu, 23 Jun 2022 00:26:52 GMT | 30+ days ago South Dakota HUBBARD®, an Alltech® company, provides a full range of innovative, research-based animal feed and nutrition products. 401k plan with generous company match.
Team Leader Research (Surgical) 1 1 Charles River Laboratories Tue, 10 May 2022 01:41:48 GMT | 30+ days ago Shrewsbury, MA 01545 Perform clinical observations, sample collection, and monitor food consumption of animals on assigned studies.
Research Associate II Astellas Pharmaceuticals Tue, 19 Oct 2021 19:21:23 GMT | 9 months ago Westborough, MA Strong prior animal handling and understanding of high-caliber animal care. Experience with autoimmune and immune-compromised animal models.
Research Technician The University of Pittsburgh Thu, 19 May 2022 18:52:05 GMT | 30+ days ago Pittsburgh, PA This individual will provide mammalian specimen husbandry and care for a variety of mammalian specimen species under the guidance and supervision of more…
In vivo Model Researcher U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Tue, 14 Apr 2020 13:44:03 GMT | 2 years ago Silver Spring, MD BS in animal science, microbiology, biology, or other related scientific field of study; applicable experience may be substituted for education.
Research Specialist A/B (Hematology/Oncology) University of Pennsylvania Wed, 22 Jun 2022 11:06:45 GMT | 30+ days ago Philadelphia, PA 19104 The candidate will be a researcher with a knowledge in animal science and will work on projects investigating the impact of biologics and small-molecule…
Laboratory Animal Science & Research Apprentice - Laboratory Operations Champions Oncology Inc. Thu, 07 Jul 2022 22:57:14 GMT | 30+ days ago Rockville, MD 20850 BS degree in animal science, biology, pharmacology, or related field preferred. Tier 3 - Animal identification (eartags), Body Weight Measurement, anesthesia,…
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Dairy Technical Services Specialist - Young Animal Nutritionist Cargill Wed, 27 Jul 2022 12:13:31 GMT | 12 days ago Lewisburg, OH The Dairy Technical Services Specialist - Young Animal Nutritionist will provide technical advice and support to customers during and after product sales.
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Research Associate, Department of Animal Science; Ithaca, New York Cornell University Thu, 21 Jul 2022 21:08:00 GMT | 18 days ago Ithaca, NY 14853 Ph.D. in animal science or related field with focus in dairy cattle nutrition and management. Write animal care and use protocols and other protocols necessary…
Research Assistant Study Tech Animal Operations Labcorp Tue, 29 Mar 2022 01:32:55 GMT | 4 months ago Greenfield, IN 46140 HS Diploma or GED and 4+ years of animal care and/or animal breeding or related experience in research or farming operation. $4,000 sign on bonus!
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TEMP- Researcher University of Pennsylvania Fri, 17 Jun 2022 10:16:47 GMT | 30+ days ago Philadelphia, PA 19104 The candidate will be a researcher with a knowledge in animal science and will work on projects investigating the impact of biologics and small-molecule…
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