Our programs range from equine pre-veterinary science to equine training to equine business management. The educational opportunities within the area are endless with an indoor facility, onsite stalling, hands-on experience in the classroom and in the arena.

Do you see yourself involved in the multi-billion dollar Equine Industry?

Northeastern Junior College provides students with a variety of degree options to help you achieve your educational and career goals. As a whole the economic impact of the Equine Industry is roughly $122 billion with employment in the industry nearly 2 million jobs available. The industry also pays roughly $70 million in salaries.

The programs at Northeastern range from equine pre-veterinary science to equine training to equine business management. The educational opportunities within the area are endless with an indoor facility, onsite stalling, hands-on experience in the classroom and in the arena.

If you want to be apart of a growing industry check out our degree programs and be a part of Colorado's Premier Two-Year College.    

Depending upon the degree the entry requirements will vary. Any degrees specializing in horse training require an interview and a riding test with the program coordinator, Cole Briggs at cole.briggs@njc.edu.

The classroom and laboratory experience is hands-on in all equine degrees offered. Such experience provides real world knowledge that can be used in the industry.

The variety of work environments are vast based on the field of interest. Pre-veterinarian majors may eventually work as a clinical veterinarian or a traveling veterinarian. Equine trainers could potentially work indoors or out depending on their field.

Clubs available under the Equine Programs are:

Equine Club

Ranch Horse Versatility

Horse Judging

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of animal care and service workers is projected to grow 29 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.

About 80,900 openings for animal care and service workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

Many people consider their pets to be a part of their family and are willing to pay more for pet care than pet owners have in the past. As more households include companion pets, employment of animal care and service workers in the pet services industry will continue to grow. Employment of animal care and service workers in kennels, grooming shops, and pet stores is projected to increase in order to keep up with the growing demand for animal care.

Equine Health and Service Careers

Professionals dedicated to equine health include the following professions:

Equine Dental Technician
Equine Veterinarian
Equine Veterinary Technician
Track Veterinarian

Equine Management and Breeding

Individuals dedicated to the breeding and management sector of the industry include:

Barn Manager
Bloodstock Agent
Boarding Stable Owner
Broodmare Manager
Equine Pedigree Analyst
Farm Manager
Foaling Attendant
Horse Breeder
Horse Farm Manager

Hot Walker
Riding Stable Owner
Stallion Booking Secretary
Stallion Manager
Yearling Manager

Riding and Training Careers

Individuals dedicated to the riding and training of horses in the industry. These individuals must be attentive to a horses behavior aspects and be aware of the high-risk positions they may be exposed too.

Dude Ranch Wrangler
Exercise Rider
Horse Show Judge
Horse Trainer
Racehorse Trainer
Racehorse Outrider
Riding Instructor
Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Equine Sales Careers

Individuals seeking jobs in this area have a knack for marketing and sales and wish to utilize their skills in the equine industry.

Equine Insurance Sales Agent
Equine Product Sales Representative

Feed Sales Representative
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
Tack Shop Owners

Horse Racing Careers

Careers in the horses racing industry have a wide range and these individuals work with racehorses on a hands-on basis.

Clerk of Scales
Exercise Rider
Harness Driver

Horse Identifiers
Racetrack Starter
Racing License Clerk
Racehorse Trainer

Other Equine Careers

There are many career paths that in the previously mentioned areas.

Equine Extension Agent
Equine Photographer
Equine Transporter
Mounted Police Officer

Equine Internships and Job Sites

There are many opportunities for equine internships that help individuals gain valuable hands-on experience in the horse industry.


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for animal caretakers was $28,600 in May 2021. The median annual wage for animal trainers was $31,280 in May 2021.

Agriculture Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Produce a written document that clearly explains an agricultural concept.
  2. Analyze information and use critical thinking to solve an agricultural problem.
  3. Explain how agriculture relates to global, social, and cultural concepts.
  4. Develop skills useful in the agriculture industry or transfer to an agricultural degree.
  5. Apply scientific information and the scientific method to explain agricultural concepts.

Articulation agreement in Equine Science Degree with Designation with Colorado State University.

Amy Crowder
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Amy Crowder

The things I am interested in, such as equine products, also inspire me.

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