NJC Animal Science
Area of Study

Animal Science

Overview

The science and business of producing domestic livestock species, including but not limited to beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, poultry, sheep and swine.

The Animal Science program curriculum prepares students for rewarding careers in management of production and processing operations.

Students have the opportunity to study animal breeding and genetics, nutrition, physiology, growth, behavior, and management. Specialized careers within Animal Science include animal care, breeding, nutrition, marketing, promotions and research.  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of agricultural and food technicians will grow six percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand will continue for agricultural research into areas such as the effects of population growth, increased demand for water resources, harm from pests and pathogens, changes in climate and weather patterns, and demand for agricultural products, such as biofuels.

Agricultural science technicians will be needed to assist agricultural and food scientists. 

The Bureau estimates that overall employment of agricultural and food scientists will grow seven percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Employment of agricultural and food scientists is projected to grow as research into agricultural production methods and techniques continues. Challenges such as population growth, increased demand for water resources, management of pests and pathogens, changes in climate and weather patterns, and additional demand for agriculture products, such as biofuels, will drive higher demand for research in agricultural efficiency and sustainability.

Animal scientists will be also be in demand to meet increasing need to investigate and improve diets, living conditions, and even genetic makeup of livestock. Food scientists and technologists are needed to improve food-processing techniques to ensure that products are safe to consume, waste is limited, and food is shipped efficiently and safely. Soil and plant scientists will be necessary understand and map soil composition to improve crop yields and maximize utilization. They are needed to investigate ways to improve soils, find uses for byproducts, and selectively breed crops to resist pests and disease, or even improve taste.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual wage for agricultural and food science technicians was $40,860 in May 2018.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual wage for agricultural and food scientists was $64,020 in May 2018.